I met Janel of Apartment Therapy Chicago one year ago in Maui when our kids hit it off. Recently, Janel posted photographs of her time in Phuket Thailand and I had to post them here because the atmosphere of the photographs remind me so much of one of my very favorite movie, L’amant. L’amant, (the lover) is a movie by Jean Jacques Annaud after Marguerite Duras’ autobiographical novel winner of the Goncourt, Frances most prestigious literary award in 1984.
I read the book eagerly when it came out, (after all I was almost the age of the protagonist) then marveled at the movie in 1992, which so vividly conjured up emotions, senses, textures, sights and scents of a time and place. The forbidden love stories between a young girl and a much older Chinese man takes places in the 1920s in France’s Indochine. The movie was beautiful, sexy in an illegal sort of way and the cinematography was gorgeous.
So are today's photographs which seem to have been taken in an other era, with their muted almost faded colors, the tropical vegetations, the mix of splendor and simplicity, the sense that very little has changed in that area of the world.
If that's not enough for you, you can check out Phuket for this reason: