Mary is happy, Mary is happy' is the latest film by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, a quirky fun Thai flick that has a Wes Anderson flavor and kept the audience at the Rotterdam festival talking this year.
Based on a girl's real twitter account @marylony, Nawapol uses her 410 consecutive (without skipping or changing the sequence!) quirky tweets to string together a loose story about a high-school girl named Mary and her best friend Suri.
Mary (Patcha Poonpiriya) is in charge of assembling the graduation yearbook at her all-girl school. Suri (Chonnikan Netjui), her best friend, is always besides her as an emotional support to Mary's philosophical thoughts.
Using bits and pieces of different moments in Mary's life, the director tries to compose a bigger storyline based on her transition from adolescence to adulthood. Heartbreak, unfinished projects, loneliness are some of the random themes addressed in the film. Shot with a handheld camera, it adds a documentary spin to the story but the plot feels a little bit too loose and lengthy at times.
The use of matching colors, jump-cut editing style and Mary's tweets being constantly displayed on the screen, 'Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy' is a fresh and modern twist to the social media interaction that for many might seem pointless, but for others can become art.