The first all-Lao film to be released in Thailand in decades, Hak Um Lum occupies that territory between naivete and honesty. Made on a paltry budget of around 1 million baht, the romantic comedy will mainly draw Thai viewers who're curious about a homemade flick from our land-locked neighbour, while those who ride the high horse of cultural snobbery will dismiss this freshman effort as totally unnecessary.
The filming of Hak Um Lum in a village near Vientiane.
"If you have high expectations, maybe you'll be disappointed," admits Panumas Deesatha, the film's director and a member of the Lao New Wave. "Come to the movie with an open mind. We've tried our best and we'll keep doing it."
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