Dorm (film)

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Dek hor
Dormmovieposter.jpg
The Thai movie poster.
Directed by Songyos Sugmakanan
Produced by Yodphet Sudsawad
Written by Chollada Teaosuwan
Vanridee Pongsittisak
Songyos Sugmakanan
Starring Charlie Trairat
Chintara Sukapatana
Music by Chumpol Sepswadi
Cinematography Niramon Ross
Edited by Pongsatorn Kosolpothisup
Distributed by GTH
Release dates
  • February 2, 2006 (2006-02-02)
Running time 110 minutes
Country Thailand
Language Thai

Dek hor (Thai: เด็กหอ, also Dorm or My School) is a 2006 Thai horror-drama film.

Plot[edit]

In Thailand, young Ton Chatree (Trairat) is sent to a boarding school by his father to get good grades and not tell his mother about his father having an affair. Once in the school, Ton feels like an outcast and misses his family and friends. His new schoolmates tell ghost stories about a boy who died in the school swimming pool and a young pregnant woman who committed suicide. The stories frighten him, thereby exacerbating Ton's difficulties adjusting to the school. However, Ton becomes close friends with another lonely boy, Vichien (Chienthaworn), who Ton later discovers is the boy who drowned, and his death repeats every night. Ton finds a way to help his friend rest in peace.

At the same time, Ms. Pranee (Sukapatana), the school administrator, is deeply troubled by Vichien's death because she believes incorrectly that Vichien committed suicide and that it was partly her fault. At the end of the movie, Ton tells Pranee the truth, that Vichien's death was an accident and that Pranee should not blame herself.

Cast[edit]

  • Charlie Trairat as Ton
  • Chintara Sukapatana as Ms. Pranee
  • Sirachuch Chienthaworn as Vichien
  • Suttipong Tudpitakkul as Ton's father
  • Jirat Sukchaloen as Peng
  • Thanabodin Sukserisup as Doc Nui
  • Pakasit Pantural as Pok
  • Nipawan Taweepornsawan as Ton's mother

Reception[edit]

Box office, critical reception[edit]

The film was screened at the 2006 Bangkok International Film Festival. It opened in wide release in Thailand on February 23, 2006, and was the No. 1 film that weekend, earning nearly US$544,000.[1] The film has had theatrical releases in Singapore and Malaysia and at other film festivals, including the Pusan International Film Festival.

It received praise from critics for the performances of the child actors and Chintara Sukapatana, as well as for its color-drained photography and the production design of the old boarding school.[2][3]

Production[edit]

The film was co-written and directed by Songyos Sugmakanan, one of the six directors of the 2003 hit Thai film Fan Chan, which also starred Charlie Trairat. The film was critically acclaimed in Thailand, where it won more honors than any other film, including best picture from the Bangkok Critics Assembly.

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thailand Box Office, February 23-26, 2006, Box Office Mojo.
  2. ^ Kuipers, Richard. March 3, 2006. Dorm, Variety, retrieved November 30, 2006.
  3. ^ Dorm (Dek Hor) Review, Twitchfilm.net, April 19, 2006 (retrieved November 30, 2006.)
  4. ^ Berlinale Generation Kplus: The Crystal Bears and the Prizes of the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk, Berlin Film Festival, 2007-02-17.
  5. ^ Fajr filmfest announces Intl. Section winners, fajrfestival.ir, 2007-02-11
  6. ^ a b c d e Thai Film Awards this year, ThaiCinema.org, 2007-02-28.

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