Parents' Guide to

Doi Boy

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Intense Thai drama has sex, violence, and language.

Movie NR 2023 98 minutes
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This is a powerful and unsparing portrait of the lives of refugee sex workers in the Chang Mai province of Thailand. Doi Boy presents these characters with tremendous empathy, and there is an undercurrent of anger as the movie addresses the plight of refugees from Myanmar, human trafficking, and protestors against the government who go "missing." It's a sad story, but, perhaps surprisingly, there are moments of joy in the middle of the characters' struggles to survive, struggles with bureaucracy, and struggles with police.

The themes and messages intertwined with the story are masterfully presented, devoid of heavy-handed preachiness or mawkish victimhood. It is a movie not easily forgotten, a glimpse into the lives of those most likely to become targets of human trafficking. It's also a rewarding viewing, as the layers of complexity reveal themselves as the story takes off. It gives the viewer a lot to think about for days after watching it.

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