This movie is so lovely. It is about two people who quietly fancy one another. They are characteristically different; one is such a neat and tidy person, the other is strangely easy-going with everything.
Last life in the universe was directed by Pen-ek Ratanaruang, who has now been deemed one of the most talented Thai directors. The cinematography was craftily shot by Christopher Doyle who is my favourite cinematographer ever.
The two protagonists: Kenji played by Asano Tadanobu and Sinitta Boomyasak as Noi. Kenji is a librarian, who works in the Japanese foundation in Thailand, who is obsessed with killing himself. Ironically, he managed to kill some thug instead. He came across Noi, a young pretty Thai bar girl, who had just lost her younger sister in an accident. Not willing to return to his apartment, he asked Noi whether he could stay with her for a while. Funnily enough, she agreed to take him back to her place.
The relationship began to develop during their stay together in her house. It was oddly sweet to see these two trying to converse with each other in broken English. Yet they interacted with one another in a vividly real way.
The other thing I like about the movie is the house. It is so isolated. It seems to represent the tiny and disorganised world of Noi, but is also very peaceful to dwell in.
Last life in the universe is a charming film. It is a bit dreamy as well. You could fall asleep if you do not like a slow and low-key plot. Though, I guarantee that the movie will put a smile on your face.