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Be With Me [2005] [DVD]

Theresa Chan , Eric Khoo    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Theresa Chan
  • Directors: Eric Khoo
  • Format: PAL
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000M06GN8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,166 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Synopsis This critically acclaimed gem from writer/director Eric Khoo, a big hit at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, is comprised of three complex and thoughtful short films about love and longing: 'Meant to Be,' 'So In Love,' and 'Finding Love,' each of which follow well-drawn characters of different ages, orientations, and personalities as they reach out, looking for contact and happiness.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and moving. 30 April 2007
Be With Me is a slow paced but never dull film. There is very little dialogue which gives it a meditative feel. It focuses on the experience of love in the three ages of life - teenage, middle age and old age.

It's a touching study of our need to communicate with each other and the different ways we try to do that. And it shows how even if we don't always succeed in getting what we want we continue to try and reach out to each other because that drive to connect is in all of us no matter how old we are.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars true love, truly considered 26 Jan 2007
By Daniel B. Clendenin - Published on
Director Eric Khoo mixes fact with three fictional relationships in this remarkable exploration of the human longing to love and be loved. An elderly shopkeeper tenderly cares for his wife in the hospital, then struggles with deep loneliness after she dies. Two teenage girls communicate by email and text-messaging, but their gay relationship ends in tragedy. A middle-age, lecherous security guard stalks a gorgeous woman at a distance and, pathetically, finally writes her a love letter. Parallel to all of this is the real-life story of the deaf and blind Theresa Chan, a 61-year-old teacher of disabled children. Throughout the film she types her life story with deep reflections about love and longing. Fate brings these four stories together in a powerful conclusion. Be with Me won awards at five film festivals. Mainly in English, but some Chinese with English subtitles.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Graceful, Tasteful, and Masterful 5 Sep 2008
By Judith T. Krauthamer - Published on
Be with me, directed by Singapore's Eric Khoo, provides the best of what cinema has to offer: dialogue that is not dependent on words, acting that is so sublime is transcends acting and cinematography that makes you forget you are watching film. It was the official entry from Singapore for the 78th Academy Awards in the foreign-language category, but was disqualified because the majority of the less than five minutes of dialogue was in English. No matter-- the film could have easily won on the strength of its message, aptly delivered by Theresa Chan, the blind/deaf teacher on whom the film is based.

The film juxtaposes four life stories: a young girls affair with another girl, whose pained love is communicated through text messages, a security guard's stalking obsession with a businesswomen, who desperately tries to write her a love letter, an elderly shopkeeper's longing for his deceased wife, expressed through cooking, and the day to day life and observations about love, as typed by Theresa Chan. The stories are bound together by the common thread for communication and connectedness. While all the characters want so much to be seen and heard, it becomes clear that it is the heart--not eyes or ears- that sees and hears.

The actors are friends and acquaintances of the director. Most are not professional actors. Theresa Chan is played by herself . Perhaps that is why this film feels like the real thing.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life never happens the way we want it to 28 Oct 2007
By Reader - Published on
One has to be very patient with this movie. It moves with its own pace describing three parallel love stories. One is a love of the elderly man for his wife who is dying in the hospital bed and his diffculty of letting her go after lifetime of living together. Second is the story of the security guard in the office building who is obsessed with the young professional woman who works there. He is too shy and insecure to approach her directly as his meekly existance is an outome of the childhood physical abuse from his father and brother. The last story is the love crush between two high school girls and their sexual confusion that causes tragedy of enourmous proportions. What connects them all is a young social worker who tends to these wounded souls with quiet patience and endurance. We learn thru him a story of Theresa Chang a blind and deaf woman living independently. Her story of courage and perseverance teaches all the protagonists an imporant lesson. The second part of the film is extrimely powerful as Theresa's life story unfolds and we observe her life in silence as she gracefuly accepts all the hardships in her life with poise and determination. I would qualify this film as a crossover between fiction and documentary -- which is why I am saying that one will have to be patient while watching this movie. At the end, it all makes sense...And it is a wonderful life lesson to us all.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True 5-Star Movie, This Is Genius and Beautiful 9 Nov 2013
By NNS - Published on
Easily one of the ten best movies I've ever seen. Haunting, funny, heartbreaking, inspiring. You have to watch it at least twice to understand some of the mysteries. I loved it the first time around, but only after my second viewing did I appreciate the genius at work here.

The acting is superb all around. The cinematography is gorgeous. But what really impressed me was the plot, and I'm pretty hard to impress that way. There are only seven plots in the world, after all.

In this amazing film there are three commingled stories at play, woven together expertly. The subject matter covers a huge spectrum of human experience, and every love relationship depicted is nuanced and complex. A man loves his father but has to be tough on him; another man suffers terribly under his father but nurtures a deep loving spirit. Two teenage girls love each other beyond affection, but also have to face jealousy and rejection. A man loves his wife so much he can't let her go. A woman overcomes deafness and blindness and manages to love life itself so much that she brings happiness to countless others.

I don't think I'm giving too much away when I mention that, in the end, each of the characters in the three stories helps ease the pain for someone from one of the other stories even though they are strangers to each other.

I guess this is what makes the movie so inspiring: It's a realistic reminder that despite our own pain and grief in life we can still reach out to a stranger and make their lives better. It sounds corny, I realize, but you have to see it yourself.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be With Me. 3 Oct 2013
By Todd X. - Published on
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
i've bought many copies of this. (gifts.)
- it's not an easy movie to watch. - i mean, it's got really sad partes.

but it's BEAUTIFUL.

-LIFE Value!!!

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