A successful Bangkok architect in the midst of a midlife crisis is reunited with an elephant he knew growing up. The two embark on a road trip to the man's childhood home in the idyllic Thai countryside. Along the way, they meet a colorful cast of characters that includes a pair of nonplussed local police officers, a forlorn transgender sex worker, and a mysteriously wise drifter. As the encounters mount and the bond between man and elephant deepens, filmmaker Kirsten Tan weaves a strikingly universal tale in this feature debut that won prizes (and hearts) at the Sundance and Rotterdam Film Festivals.
“[POP AYE] flirts with assorted narrative conventions and fluctuating moods without ever settling into a familiar template.” —Manohla Dargis, New York Times “They say the journey is often more meaningful than the destination, but both prove moving in POP AYE—you don't always have to know where you're going for a trip to be worth taking.” —Michael Nordine, Indiewire
This film is not rated, but is for mature audiences.
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