How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)

Feature Film Indonesia Thailand USA 2015

Life is a lottery. After both their parents die, three brothers live in one of the poorest districts of Bangkok: Ek is the eldest son, who has had a relationship since school days with Joy, a boy from a rich family. As head of the household, Ek has to work in a bar for gays to take care of his eleven-year-old brother Oat and his little sister. The fine balance of this situation, held together by the lasting love between the three siblings, is threatened when Ek and Joi may be called up to do military service. In Thailand, a lottery is organized every year to randomly select those who will be drafted. There is only one, very risky, solution left for Oat: to steal the amount of money needed to exempt his elder brother from the army from the local mafia boss. In a world dominated by poverty, both moral and economic, the consequences are inevitably dramatic. Combining influences from American and eastern cinema, How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) is the debut film from this young director who adopts the innocent perspective of the child who is his central character.

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