One for the Road

Institute History

  • 2021 Sundance Film Festival


Boss lives a seemingly charmed life as a popular bartender in New York City, with an endless line of female customers after hours. One night, his estranged friend Aood calls from Bangkok with the news that he’s dying and asks Boss to come home. As the two travel down memory lane throughout Thailand, returning items to Aood’s exes, their pasts and reasons for their broken brotherhood are exposed. But Boss doesn’t know the whole story, and when Aood has one last gift to return, it might destroy their relationship forever.

With a perfectly balanced mix of the sorrow, joy, nostalgia, and romance you would expect in a film produced by Wong Kar Wai, One for the Road is a cinematic treat, much like the mouth-watering cocktails that are highlighted throughout. Breakthrough performances from Tor Thanapob, Ice Natara, and Violette Wautier, along with gorgeous and energetic direction from Baz Poonpiriya, take us through the emotionally wrought yet hopeful time between the flower of youth and the hard-earned realization that all things end.

— S.S.

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