Pop Aye

In this gentle Thai comedy, a sexagenarian Bangkok architect reunites by chance with the elephant he owned as a boy. He determines that this occasion is a sign to change his life and impulsively hits the road with the big animal, resolving to return it to the small town where they both grew up. On the trip the architect displays kindness toward everyone he meets, and writer-director Kirsten Tan follows suit, realizing the supporting characters in agreeable, sympathetic detail. The film’s good cheer goes a long way in elevating the relatively thin story—there’s hardly any conflict, and Tan doesn’t devote much time to the personal crisis that drives the architect to take up his journey. Regardless, the film has plenty of low-key laughs, and the elephant is adorable. In Thai with subtitles.