How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)

81 minutes 2015

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Based on two short stories by Rattawut Lapcharoensap, this compact Thai drama emphasizes setting and character over incident. A preadolescent boy lives with his aunt, younger sister, and older brother in a working-poor community on the outskirts of Bangkok; writer-director Josh Kim sticks close to the boy's perspective, divulging little about the characters that the young hero can't figure out on his own. The older brother is openly gay, but whether he encounters any prejudice isn't clear—what matters is that the younger boy regards him as a role model and wants to spend time with him. Kim handles their relationship delicately without lapsing into sentimentality. In Thai with subtitles.

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