Movie Review: Present Perfect

Present Perfect is an short indie film from 2014 about a single women who must take care of her niece for a few days while her sister travels to Singapore for work. Written and directed by the man behind last year’s hit movie Bad Genius.



  • Thai Title: Present Perfect หากว่าย้อนเวลากลับไปได้
  • English Title: Present Perfect – If You Could Turn Back Time
  • Directed by: Nattawut Poonpiriya (นัฐวุฒิ พูนพิริยะ)
  • Starring: Aom (ออม), UK (ยูเค)
  • Movie rating: 7/10
  • Thai difficulty: 5/10


Where To Watch?

Present Perfect is available to watch for free on Youtube from the distributor. Not only can you watch it for free but they also included English subtitles that you can toggle on and off, which might be helpful if you don’t understand some of the informal vocabulary used.  I recommend turning the English subtitles off unless you need them, since you’ll instinctually read them when they’re on even if you try not to.


Review

Aom stars as Pam, a single late 20’s something who doesn’t know how to take care of a child and doesn’t seem too interested at first.  The movie is broken down into short scenes from each day and we can observe how their relationship changes day by day as they transform from strangers to family.

Present Perfect is has great acting and solid directing and I enjoyed the fairly minimalist soundtrack throughout, which isn’t surprising when we realize that it’s distributed by a music company.  It definitely loses some points for the script, since Pam’s character in the beginning doesn’t seem very realistic (she can’t even go 1 day without partying to take care of her niece?) and was actually fairly difficult to watch.   It’s also worth noting that 45 minutes isn’t quite long enough to make me feel invested in the characters.  The ending had an impact, but it wasn’t quite as emotional as it would have been if we knew the characters better.

Movie Score: 7/10


Thai Language Notes

I would say that this movie is exactly average on the language difficulty scale and it’s ideal for intermediate learners with a solid grasp of daily Thai between family and friends.  Most of the dialogue seems quite realistic and natural but there is a decent amount of informal Thai that would be used between close friends, which may cause some difficulty or need to look up different informal pronouns and polite/ending particles if you don’t know them all.  There’s no real specialized vocabulary (religious, scientific, etc.),  which helps keep the difficulty score down.

Difficulty Score: 5/10

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