Pop Aye (2017) Film Review

Thaneth Warakulnukroh and Bong appear in Pop Aye by Kirsten Tan, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Chananun Chotrungroj.

Thana (Thaneth Warakulnukroh) is an architect who is having to comes to terms with competing against the younger generation whilst realising that his home life is not so great. Then he comes across his childhood pet, Popeye (Bong the elephant) and he decides to take a journey to the village of his youth to return the elephant to a better place.

It’s delightful film in many ways, with a beautiful animal amongst quite beautiful scenery. It’s one of those films where kind of nothing happens whilst actually, a fair bit happens, and I really enjoyed just going along with Thana on his adventure. And this is why I love MIFF – I cannot imagine this film would get any kind of release in Australia outside of a film festival, so it’s great to have the opportunity to see it.