Manta Ray

Manta Ray

Manta Ray

Phuttiphong Aroonpheng's award-winning feature debut is a drama that explores the unsual friendship between a Thai fisherman and a Rohingya refugee.

"On the coast of Thailand, a site of great misfortune and cruelty for the Rohingya, a local fisherman finds an injured man and nurses him back to health. The stranger does not speak, but that doesn’t stop the fisherman from befriending him, naming him Thongchai and involving him in every element of his life. In one lovely scene, not easily forgotten, the two men dance in a makeshift disco. When the fisherman disappears, Thongchai gradually begins to take over his friend’s life: his house, his job and even his ex-wife." (Sydney Film Festival)

Winner of the Venice Horizons Award for Best Film, 2018 Venice Film Festival
2018Rating: M, Violence105 minsThailand, France, ChinaThai with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema
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Variety

Variety

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This superficially simple tale of identity, displacement and friendship is wrapped in layers of symbolism that will likely be pleasurably hypnotic for many viewers.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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Aroonpheng's great achievement is to convey a sense of humanist outrage while telling an involving, sometimes headily perplexing story in a magical realist register.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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The stateless ethnic group is often described as the most persecuted on the planet, and Manta Ray pays tribute to them with mesmerising visual poetry.

4.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Warm, lush and topical human drama.

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Variety

Variety

press

This superficially simple tale of identity, displacement and friendship is wrapped in layers of symbolism that will likely be pleasurably hypnotic for many viewers.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Aroonpheng's great achievement is to convey a sense of humanist outrage while telling an involving, sometimes headily perplexing story in a magical realist register.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

The stateless ethnic group is often described as the most persecuted on the planet, and Manta Ray pays tribute to them with mesmerising visual poetry.

4.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Warm, lush and topical human drama.

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