Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy
Thailand, 2013, 127 minutes, SD
Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy Synopsis

A cinematic first! Social media and cinema merge in this adaptation of a Twitter stream consisting of 410 consecutive tweets. A beautifully crafted coming-of-age story following the often absurdly comic as well as emotional trials and tribulations of an unknown teenage girl Mary.


As high school student Mary prepares to graduate, she is faced with the prospect of change all around her: in life, love and friendship. In the midst of her own internal struggles, strange unrelated things start happening to her and she expresses her uncertainty through her Twitter stream. The film centres around the concept of a scriptwriter’s control over narrative.


Thamrongrattanarit as a professional scriptwriter experiments with the idea of letting a real life twitter feed tell a story. Mary’s tweets are those of the real life twitter feed of an anonymous girl, inspiring this whimsical portrait of contemporary youth culture in Asia.

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Reviewed by lenidecastro
It’s a brand new concept…a testing the waters thing, a  wild attempt as some would say but Thamrongratanaritt sees the potential of it and he wants to prove to the... more
It’s a brand new concept…a testing the waters thing, a  wild attempt as some would say but Thamrongratanaritt sees the potential of it and he wants to prove to the world that it can be done. It is something that conservatives will scowl at but aren’t all new things supposed to start from the unsteady and even the unreal? The light bulb took numerous failures for the inventor to prove that it can be done. I am not implying, however, that this film is a failure for, in fact, at first try, it’s fascinated audiences here and abroad. Tweets flashing on screen to guide the viewer or to allow some leeway for the actor, is genius. Some may take it for a kind of subtitle which it is not but which achieves what a subtitle does including allow the viewer to climb one more rung further.
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Reviewed by AndersJames12
Like the 12 year shooting period of Boyhood somewhat overshadowed the final result, Mary Is Happy, Marry is Happy too may be overshadowed by its wholly unique premise. The script... more
Like the 12 year shooting period of Boyhood somewhat overshadowed the final result, Mary Is Happy, Marry is Happy too may be overshadowed by its wholly unique premise. The script is based on a series of tweets from an unknown girl called Mary, which writer/director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit has formed into a somewhat cohesive narrative. Constantly at odds with the desire to tell a coherent narrative and the unstructured randomness of the human mind, the story does at times feel aimless and meandering. But props have to be given to Thamrongrattanarit for sticking by the premise. A quirky comedy drama filled that embraces its randomness to create a fun and honest inspection of youth culture in Asia. I'd expect more films in a similar vein to appear in the near future.
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  • Like mirrors blocking off unnecessary data, tweets can direct the thoughts of a viewer by effectively diverting him from his excess or other perspectives towards a narrower frame of reference. He’d rather be seeing these words flashed on screen, not as tweets, but as what he conceives them in his mind to mean in relation to what he sees.

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  • Loved the instagrammic cinematography and the teenage dream feels :)

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  • Loved the instagrammic cinematography and the teenage dream feels :)
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