The film belongs to what is popularly known as ‘the monk genre’ in Thailand. When Nob, an aging Thai villager, loses his job, his son, and his wife in quick succession, he turns to drinking to soothe his pain. As he wanders through Thailand’s dense jungles in an inebriated state without hope or purpose, an encounter with a solitary forest monk sparks a desire in him to rectify his failures and commit to monastic life. This award-winning drama is a story not of redemption but of renunciation, and it offers a rare look into a Thai forest monk’s ascetic practice.
About the Director: Having captured the everyday lives of Thais through his three previous films, director Boonsong Nakphoo’s latest effort “Wandering” explores the real essence of Buddhism, reflecting the tranquil journey of a man who decided later in life to become a monk. “As I had ordained for ten years, I’ve been wanting to make a movie about Buddhism,” said Boonsong. “I waited for the right time to become more mature and proficient in filmmaking. This is the right time to tell this story as society decays morally while most monk movies are slapstick comedies, dark, or presented in a style-less manner.”