The promotional material really undersells this Japanese-Thai coproduction. Expected a docudrama about Thai sex workers that leaned heavily on a male gaze. What I got instead was a beautifully photographed and intimate portrait of a young woman, her colleagues, and their mostly Japanese clients that earns its 3-hour run time.
Populated with a predominately non-professional cast, which gives the performances a much appreciated naturalism, and oozing with atmosphere. The location scouts really did their job, just as the camera department really knew how to make use of available light.
I'll let you unpack its many social-political themes yourself, but have no problem cuing you in to the Last Life in the Universe reference at the 29 minute mark.