Agrarian Utopia

Director: Uruphong Raksasad
Thailand 2009, 122 min.

Faced with the fear of losing their fields, two Thai families decide to grow rice together on the same lot. Gone are the agricultural machines and modern farming’s typical demand for efficiency. Instead, the work in the field is done manually, as it was traditionally done in Thailand. But that was long ago although it is hard to believe when seeing art-director Uruphong Raksasad soul-searching hymn to Thailand’s pre-industrial nature and people’s relationship to it. Raksasad, himself a farmer’s son, rented a piece of land prior to the movie and offered the crops to the locals farmers, if they world do the fieldwork like in the old days. In this clash of past and future, fiction and documentary, he manages sowing the seeds of an obsessively complex and enthrallingly beautiful, pastoral utopia.