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Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy

Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
Thailand 2013 / 127’

Are we witnesses to the birth of a new genre, the Twitter comedy? The basis for the screenplay for the second film by the maker of the famous debut 36 is a collection of 410 randomly selected tweets sent out by teenager@marylony, copied word for word with no intervention whatsoever. The director illustrates them and fills in the space in Mary’s story. Mary is a student in her last year at a girls’ school, a wild teenager being torn apart by adolescent feelings. Along with her loyal friend, Suri, she is putting together a yearbook with photos of all the girls, and she falls in love with the mysterious M., experiences creative elation, and learns about the sadness of loss. Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit manages to elicit both an absurd sense of humor and a characteristic melancholy by combining text and images (two tweets appear on-screen every minute). The action of the film barely moves beyond the school building and a train station that is no longer in use, and the images are reminiscent of Instagram. This is a light, humorous film that is also full of emotion.

Agnieszka Szeffel


Thailand National Film Association Awards 2014 - Best Supporting Actress, Best Actress, Best Editing, Best Cinematography

Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit

He was born in 1984 in Thailand, majored in Chinese at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. A self-taught director of short films, he also works as a film critic and screenwriter. He is co-founder of Third Class Citizen, a Thai film and video activist group. Thamrongrattanarit is a former participant at the Berlinale Talent Campus. His feature debut 36 was selected for the Tiger Awards Competition in 2013. Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy is his second feature film.

Selected filmography

2006 Bangkok Tanks (short doc.)

2007 ou Have to Wait, Anyway (short)

2010 Cherie Is Korean-Thai (short)

2012 36

2013 Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy

Cast & Crew

director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
screenplay Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
cinematography Pairach Khumwan
editing Chonlasit Upanigkit
music Somsiri Sangkaew
sound Akaritchalerm Kalayanamitr
cast Patcha Poonpiriya, Chonnikan Netjui
producer Aditya Assarat
production Pop Pictures Co. Ltd.
sales Mosquito Films Distribution
language Thai
colouration colour