The Teachers Diary Film Review
The teacher’s diary is a romantic comedy set in Thailand, although set and produced was in Thailand and not an English made film, much to my surprise, it wasn’t too dissimilar from what we are used to with this certain type of genre, however there was a twist which added more drama. As the main characters didn’t actually meet until the last scene this adds a creative element and leaves the viewers wondering when they will finally meet and if it will match up to the expectations they have. It had all the same features to the stereotypical rom-com but with hints of economic struggles, which are happening in Thailand, such as the choice between school and family work, in this instance becoming a fisherman. The film opened my eyes to this, as I was unaware of many of these problems. As the film was vaguely written on a true story this just emphasized the facts even more. This film also touches on education problems as a whole, something that everyone has been through, it is emphasized that school should be for the benefit of the child, and understanding of the world and the things around them, not entirely about the grades they receive.
The story flicks between the lives of the two main characters Mr Song and Ms Ann, who have never met throughout the majority of the film, they however have the same experiences on the school houseboat and Mr Song is guided by Ms Ann’s diary, this helps him through the things that he is struggling with, he writes a response as a form of security and someone to talk to. Later in the film Ms Ann returns and replaces Mr Song as the teacher again, reading what he has written the audience then discover that the feelings between the two are very much mutual. From the beginning you know that it is inevitable that they are going to meet, at the end when they finally do, it was somewhat disappointing for me, there was no further story and the audience was left to think about this and maybe even make there own ending, this just seems to be how the different cultures react to films and how this certain culture depicts love stories, leaving things to the imagination.
Nithiwat Tharaton, the director of this film, took on the challenge of producing a country school teacher drama; this was more frequently done in the 1970’S and 80’s when film makers were more regularly tackling social problems. Although the setting was the same with the same issue this was done well and with the modern elements that were needed, yet still with the feel of the old classic films.
The reaction from the audience during this film was everything you could expect from a romantic comedy: laughter, excitement and even frustration at parts, if you are into this genre I highly recommend that you give this film a chance.