Fortunately for Jan, he has another aunt, Waad (Bongkot), the younger sister (or maybe cousin – it's not quite clear) of his mother. She too falls prey to Jan's stepfather's sexual prowess, but she also uses her sexuality to get him to promise not to kill Jan.
They have sex right there in the room as baby Jan watches from his crib.
It's one incident that Jan's mind will always flash back to.
Despite the ample bare breasts and bodacious curves of actress "Tak" Bongkot Kongmalai, ML Bhandevanov Devakula's new version of Jan Dara comes off rather flat.
Aiming to capitalize on the new era of film ratings instead of censorship, Jan Dara: The Beginning (จันดารา ปฐมบท, Jan Dara Pathommabot) has plenty of sex scenes but little sizzle in the way of compelling storytelling. Jan Dara was adapted into film just a little over a decade ago by Nonzee Nimibutr, so many people already know the story.
I guess Mom Noi realizes this, which is why he quite literally stages the story in a very theatrical fashion.
He's turning the pages of the novel while you sit there and wait for stuff to happen.
It's all very painterly, but it has about as much life as a dusty old oil painting.