First of all, the main actor should have known his lover was a ghost at first sight. How did a well-dressed lady sit in the pagoda alone at late night?
"Love of Wonder" will leave you wondering why you came
LOVE has always been a popular subject when shooting a film. Though it is not new, this subject still emerges in most contemporary Khmer movies in the Kingdom. Love of Wonder, one of the newest fictional films from Mohahong Production, has screened at cinema Sorya recently. Due to my curiosity about its title, the word “Wonder” drove my desire to see that film.
Some may feel there is nothing interesting about a love story, but to my surprise, about 50 people in the cinema actually enjoyed it.
The film started with the dream the main actor named Sokret had. In his dream he sees a woman calling him and she suddenly jumps down from a mountain. Sokret, the son of a poor family in Battambang, has just finished high school and wanted to continue his studies at university in Phnom Penh. He and his close friends head for the city to gain further knowledge and live in a monastery with one pagoda where the head monk advised them not to go out at night.
On their first night there, Sokret hears the sound of a woman crying while reading his book. He then looked through the window and saw the lady he had dreamed of the previous day. Without realising she is a ghost, they chat several times and he falls in love with her.
Dalis, the female ghost, also loves Sokret and does not hurt him while other ghosts try to kill him. However, eventually Sokret discovers that his lover Dalis is not human; he convinces her to be reborn and hopes they meet in the next life.
Do you want to know why Dalis died and stayed in the pagoda? What comes next is the real start of the movie. True love never runs smoothly and there are unexpected things in the movie which will test your imagination and leave you wondering how the film will end.
Besides the romantic scenes, there are some very funny ones involving gays, which left the audience rolling in laughter. There are many ghosts in the pagoda, including one who is gay, which the film’s director included to make the story funny. But I feel the story was a bit awkward and illogical.