An unusual and highly original film.
Review by: MiamiMovieCritic
Added: 8 years ago
Written and directed by Mana Sirisillapa, In the Middle of Everything is an unusual and highly original film. It combines documentary-style shooting with careful planning on the part of its director and main actress. The other people in the movie aren’t actors at all. Their faces have been obscured using digital trickery, and candid cameras were used to capture their genuine reactions. This method is familiar from such reality TV shows as Jackass and Wildboyz, and it's easy to think of Sirisillapa as something of a Johnny Knoxville-style prankster. Why else would Sirisillapa make a movie in which its star, Thiphawan Wannamahin, collapses in public if not to see how the hapless people around her would react?
The story takes place in Bangkok, where Wannamahin has just lost her third consecutive job. At the beginning, she seems very depressed. In an internal monologue, she asks urgent questions about herself, wondering what the meaning of her life might be. She collapses, and in the next scene all of the sudden she's an extremely happy and outgoing person, dancing around while listening to her iPod. I was beginning to wonder if I missed the part where she took happy pills, but then the movie reveals that it was all a dream.
Earlier in the film, Wannamahin wondered what it would be like to be a kid, without all of these adult responsibilities. And in the dream she finds out. At least, that's my interpretation.
Sirisillapa was also the cinematographer on the film. It just about glows with the magic of Bangkok. Wannamihin is a winsome travel companion – at least, when she's standing on her own two feet. What is it with this girl and falling down all the time, anyway? She takes a nosedive more often than Gerald Ford.