Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy

Thailand | 2013 | 127 minutes | Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit

410 consecutive Twitter updates punctuate the adventures of high school senior Mary and her best friend Suri in this unique alliance of social media and cinema.

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410 consecutive tweets by @marylony, a real teenager, provide the foundation for this incredible interaction between film and social media. By melding these messages into a narrative around two high school girls, director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit (36, which played at SIFF 2013) embraces both the surreal absurdity and mundane voyeurism of the Twitterverse. As the film begins, Mary and her friend are spending their senior year working on the yearbook in a school that looks more like a factory. The world around them owes a passing resemblance to Wes Anderson’s unique insular logic, and Mary peppers the day to day with fantasies of trips to Paris and frequent imaginary visits to the hospital. Once the film’s whimsical nature is established, it reveals a quietly building emotional resonance between these two friends and a developing romance with a boy who hangs out at the railroad tracks-adjacent pancake cart. Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy meticulously assembles its episodic parts into a satisfying and meaningful whole, producing an authentic and oddly funny study of one young woman’s coming of age with all her hopes, fears, and confusions effectively presented in 140 character portraits.

Director Biography

Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit graduated from the Faculty of Arts, Chinese major, Chulalongkorn University. He started to make short films with the learning-by-doing approach during his years in the university. Thamrongrattanarit works as a scriptwriter and script consultant for both independent and mainstream featured films and as a film critic for film and cultural magazines. 

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Director: Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
Principal Cast: Patcha Poonpiriya, Chonnikan Netjui, Vasuphon Kriangprapakit, Udomporn Honladdaporn, Rossarin Ananchanachai
Country: Thailand
Year: 2013
Running Time: 127 minutes
Producer: Aditya Assarat
Screenplay: Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
Cinematographers: Pairach Kumwan
Editors: Chonlasit Upanigkit
Music: Somsiri Sangkaew
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Taipei Film Festival 2013 (Netpac Award)
Filmography: 36 (2013)
Language: Thai
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Pop Pictures
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