It follows the story of two lonely teachers, a male and a female. They were assigned at the same rural school but a year apart. The girl being assigned first, attempted to write her thoughts on a diary, being stuck out in boonies. One day she has to be transferred to another school and left the diary. The male teacher came by as a substitute and saw the diary, thus, falling in love with the unacquainted writer. He also wrote his thoughts on it. The guy also left and the lady returned and saw that there are added articles on the diary. She also fell in love with him but now having a hard time looking for the boy. Will the two ever meet? (source: http://www.imdb.com/)
Sukrit Wisetkaew – Song
~ a former wrestler who is applying for a teaching position. He was rather sent in the house boat branch of the school as a teaching substitute. He’s not really good in teaching but has a good heart and diligent in the job.
Chermarn Boonyasak – Ann
~ She’s the owner of the diary. She’s the former teacher in the houseboat. The students shares good stories about her because she is a good teacher. She can be stubborn at times but real brave on the inside.
It’s so GREAT! Looking on the Direction of Photography, it’s classic for me . I mean visual wise I am like visiting a museum not just watching a movie. The camera always considers the best view in each scene. (different scene in the house boat) The artistic side on photography was also seen here.
- Floating Boat School
- Main School
- Song’s Apartment
- Principal’s office
Comments and Suggestions:
I never thought of being a teacher. From the start, it’s been full of hardships. – Song
After watching Fabulous 30, I was curious what other films do Thailand has. I clicked the trailer entitled the teacher’s diary. The trailer itself amazed me. I watched it several times then I can’t get enough so I watched the movie already!
The Teacher’s Diary (2014) is an impressive, inspiring and heartwarming romance/teaching life film. It was really a masterpiece. (CINEMATOGRAPHY, ACTING, STORY and MUSIC = MASTERPIECE) I was overwhelmed. I can’t believe that I can watch a film this great again. It is possible to produce this kind of film these days I was now convinced that Thai movies are really good. My attention to Korean series seems shifting now to Thai. Haha! This movie made me laugh so hard and cry bucks at the same time. It made me look like crazy. I realized that I love this movie much when I am already watching BEHINDS THE SCENES (BTS), lead actors (Bie and Ploy) background, director’s job and keep playing the No Different (thai) Movie Soundtrack. I guess I have fallen in love already with the film.
Real Facts about the movie: (iamwannee.com)
- The floating school is real. There is a floating school in northern of Thailand. Well, the one in the movie is the setting scene, not the real one.
- The diary is inspired from the true story of a lady who found the diary on her office desk and she tried to find the owner. Finally, they met and got married.
Let’s dig in more into the film. As for me, it has a unique story. The DIARY is the key item connecting all things happening from different timeline. How it is possible? I admire the story flow. I didn’t confuse me what time line I am watching this and there. It was presented creatively. I don’t know the technique but I felt it as an audience. The two timelines are Song’s teaching year and Ann’s teaching year (1 year before). Song happened to read Teacher’s Ann diary due to loneliness. He was entertained reading and was able to know what kind of person Teacher Ann is.
Then, he was inspired to stay in the boat house to teach these less fortunate children (multi-grade classroom) as best as he can. Teacher Ann (Math teacher) is the better teacher because she was able to manage the children to get higher grades than Teacher Song (PE teacher). Even so, Teacher song seems to be better in convincing people, more adventurous and do practical things in the boat house as his strength. He’s the one who convince Chon to go back in school that teacher Ann wasn’t successful at.
These two has a committed romantic relationship they left while teaching in a boat house. Being distant with their boyfriend and girlfriend made things complicated. Nui (Ann’s boyfriend) complains that why she’s teaching there in the boathouse when she can teach in the city. Is it because of her pride? On the other hand, Song caught her girlfriend cheating. He decided to break up with her. Ann wrote about S.O.B. (School of Broken Hearts) in her diary which Song was able to relate too. They both jumped in the water. There’s always something mutual about them. I really LOVE HOW THEY CONNECT to each other when they haven’t met yet.
The wood (height measure) scene when they think of each other is also my favorite. Haha. <3. I was laughing at all the comedy scene in this film. There are so many unexpected humor here that I don’t see on other films. I think Song is really funny. Most of the scenes he has with the children made me laugh. I remember when there’s a snake in the classroom and he panicked to kill it. Also, when he is always thinking of Ms. Ann that he had a nightmare when he is going to meet her. Then Poof… the face is covered with paper. All the inconvenience staying in the boathouse had given a humor too. When I watched the BTS videos, the director keeps laughing on Bie’s acting. I also discovered Song (Bie) has really a good sense of humor even behind the camera. I think he’s cute! The children are also cute!
Setting aside the humor and romance, what I love about this film is the valuing part. The valuing part is usually forgotten nowadays in film-making. In this movie, the essence of teaching life was given emphasis. It was well balance with all the elements present in the film. Teaching is a noble profession. I am a teacher right now. It’s the reason why I can relate with the main characters of the film. Teaching is about service. When I got to watch it, I realized that I am luckier because I teaching in a more decent place. I know that this kind of scenario really happens on some other places.
Recently I had anxiety about the profession but when I was able to watch it, it felt like it’s a message from above saying “NEVER GIVE UP”…: D I feel relieved and inspired after watching this. Thank you Teacher Ann and Teacher Song. <3!~ This film really made me cry too.
If you are reading this review, I strongly suggest you to watch this film. It will teach you the value of education, challenges in a relationship (trust) and the possibility of true love through a diary. Overall, The Teacher’s Diary is really a fantastic and great film that I can recommend to anyone. You won me Thai movie! ❤ I do hope Ph can make films like this too.
Is it possible to fall in love with someone you never met?
Rating : 9 out of 10