THE TEACHER’S DIARY
Directed by Nithiwat Tharatorn
Official Selection, 2014 Busan International Film Festival
Mr. Song is a goofy, naïve ex-wrestler eager to teach a physical education class at the local elementary school. When his dream job falls out of reach, he reluctantly takes a post as the only instructor at a houseboat school on an isolated river in the countryside. Managing a class of unruly kids and catching his long-time lover cheat on him – all in the same week – make him realize his life probably needs a reset.
Everything changes when he stumbles upon a dusty diary at the school written by a lovable but tenacious teacher known as Ms. Ann. As he reads her diary, he not only learns her secrets on how to win over the students, but also on how to deal with heartbreak. Mr. Song slowly finds himself falling for Ms. Ann without ever seeing her face or hearing her voice.
Heartwarming, refreshing, and full of charm, THE TEACHER’S DIARY is an atypical romantic comedy. It’s a boy-meets-girl tale, but has more typhoons than sunshine, more missed opportunities than serendipitous encounters. And it teaches the teacher an important lesson: to be moved by a person’s intimate thoughts and experiences rather than superficial traits is a rare type of love that’s most worth pursuing. –Maryanne Bilbao
Cast: Sukrit Wisetkaew, Chermarn Boonyasak