Malila: The Farewell Flower
Malila: The Farewell Flower is a film experience unlike any other. Set in rural Thailand, it is a poetic and meditative depiction of love, loss, and the fragility of life. It is also the story of a passionate romance and a visually stunning exploration of Buddhist philosophy.
Former lovers Shane and Pitch reunite in their home village after years apart and a series of personal tragedies. As the two lovers reconnect, they start to release themselves from the burdens of the past. Pitch is at peace with his present, carefully crafting bai sri ornaments, delicate flowers used in Thai religious ceremonies, while Shane struggles with the feelings his reunion with Pitch has awakened, and Pitch’s impending death from terminal cancer. Unable to reconcile his emotions, he decides to recommit to his path as a Buddhist monk.
Lyrical and sincere, visionary director Anucha Boonyawatana delivers a film with a cathartic conclusion, rich with memorable imagery, beauty and symbolism.
"A truly remarkable Thai film, Malila: The Farewell Flower takes big risks and makes it seem the most natural thing in the world" - Bangkok Post
Warning: Some viewers may find some scenes distressing