I like that OCTOBER SONATA is a romantic film with a political flavour. I wish it could be as political as THE OLD GARDEN (2006, Im Sang-soo, A+++++), but I understand that it is too difficult to make a film like that in Thailand.
I like that OCTOBER SONATA reminds me of some old styles of films, or some old-fashioned novels. However, I think the romantic part of the film can be improved a bit. The heroine of this film reminds me of the heroine in A WINTER’S TALE (1992, Eric Rohmer, A+), because she loves someone wholeheartedly, and other good guys cannot change her mind.
But the heroine in Rohmer’s film makes me totally believe in her extreme devotion, while the one in OCTOBER SONATA is “acceptable” for me, but not as totally believable in Rohmer’s.
Thus, what makes me give OCTOBER SONATA A+ is not its romantic part, but the anger I feel I can share with the heroine when she is exploited by the higher class.