Beautiful film

I used to watch a lot of artsy foreign films. I enjoy listening to the foreign languages while reading subtitles. Except when the language is French.

Last night I watched a wonderful Thai film that Rob has had on DVD for quite a while. Beautiful Boxer is about a transgender muay Thai fighter. He takes up boxing to support his family and later to earn money for a sex change operation.

The music and cinematography are gorgeous, as are the performances. The film shows Nong Toom as a novice monk and as a boxer-in-training. Watching it, you really get a sense of two of my favorite aspects of Thai culture: Buddhism and muay Thai.

Interesting too, that Nong Toom struggles with becoming a boxer, because it’s too violent. His trainer’s wife takes him to an early morning practice, where Nong Toom sees the beauty in the moves.

Highly recommended.

Published by Kari Neumeyer

Writer, editor, dog mom, ovarian cancer survivor

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