Butterfly and Flowers
(Peesua lae dokmai)
Screenplay: Euthana Mukdasanit
after Nipphan's novel Makut Oradee
Cinematographer: Panya Nimchareopong
Editing: M.I., Varapa Kasaemsri
Sound: Nivat Sumneangsanor
Cast: Suriya Yaowasang, Wasana Pholyiam, Suchao Pongwilai, Daojai Hathaikarn, Attaporn Thihirun
61/1 Soi Thaweemitr 2, rama 9 Rd.,
With the kind support of Five Star
Digital copy after restored original print, Color,
128 mn, OV Thai with English and French electronic subtitles
Butterfly and Flower, highlights the hardship faced by a boy selling popsicles at the local train station, who is forced by economic circumstance to smuggle rice across the Thai-Malaysian border. At the same time, he falls in love with a Muslim girl.
If the novel has become a compulsory reading for secondary schoolchildren in Thailand, its movie adaptation is considered as one of the best Thai films ever made. Aside from exposing Thai audiences to regional poverty, the 1985 movie broke new ground by portraying a Buddhist-Muslim romance.