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With a bit of High Fidelity meets Cocktail, the touching One For the Road by director Baz Poonpiriya is a lovely film about male friendship, learning to grow and how the past can shape our future. Produced by Wong Kar-Wai, the film is comedic, sweet, and has a great soundtrack, despite a few overly saccharine scenes. 

Aood (Ice Natara) is diagnosed with cancer and reaches out to his long lost friend that he left behind in New York when he returned to Thailand. His buddy is nicknamed Boss (played by Thanapob Leeratanakajorn) and is the Asian Tom Cruise, a flirty bartender with mixing skills that bring all the girls to the bar. Aood, when last they left off, abandoned his friend to return home with a girlfriend that he has since lost. When Boss goes home to help his friend, the two end up on a road trip that lets them both better face their past and future together.

While there is a lot of formulaic buddy road trip to the film, the story is overwhelmingly made gorgeous by the cinematography by Phaklao Jiraungkoonkun. The lush colors of the various scenes and excellent acting lets the viewer escape into the story. Sure, we’ve seen this idea before but it doesn’t make the trip any less fun.

– Melanie Addington (@MelAddington)

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Melanie Addington is the Executive Director of Tallgrass Film Association as of 2021. She has worked in the film festival world since 2006, first as a volunteer, and then eventually becoming the Oxford Film Festival Executive Director in August 2015. She used to be a reporter for the Oxford Eagle (a community newspaper) and then Pizza Magazine Quarterly (a global trade magazine). She still loves pizza. And she still writes for Hammer to Nail and Film Festival Today about her other great love: movies. She is from Southern California originally but lived in the South for 20 years. She now resides in Wichita, KS, and has one son.

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