“Experience The Thrilling Thai Culinary World: Where The Competition Is Fierce”
The Thai film, Hunger, directed by Sitisiri Mongkolsiri, tells the story of ambitious young hawker-stall cook named Aoy, who joins the prestigious private chef team, Hunger, led by ruthless and irascible Chef Paul. As the firstborn of her family, Aoy has to “bear the eldest child’s burden” of taking on the family business and being a second parent to her two younger siblings. Chef Paul’s disdain for the upper classes drove him to work hard to earn the title of “the high priest of fine dining,” but it also turned him into the very thing he despises. Aoy and Chef Paul ultimately face off in a final showdown at an opulent birthday bash, leaving the question of whether the student has finally become the master.
While Hunger shares similarities with recent eat-the-rich satires, its focus is on base human desires and the lengths some are willing to go to get what they want – and the consequences they ultimately face. The film delves into the human psyche, exposing our intrinsic desires for wealth, status, and acceptance at whatever cost. In doing so, it also underscores society’s widening gap between the haves and the have-nots and how privilege is routinely normalised and exploited.
With its thought-provoking social commentary and carefully calibrated performances from its cast, Hunger is a poignant Thai film that expertly explores the complexities of ambition and the societal pressures that often accompany it. Hunger will be available for streaming on Netflix from April 8.
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