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Product Description

Be With Me is a tapestry of three stories woven around the themes of love, hope, tragedy and redemption. Although the main characters come from different backgrounds and lead different lives, they are bound by one common desire to be with the one they love. Unbeknownst to them, these different souls will share the same stage in a play written by Fate.

Bonus features include a complementary short film, Director's Statement, and Bio, amongst other features.

Review

Submitted by Singapore for Best Foreign Film - Academy Awards®
WINNER - Best Film - Stockholm Int'l Film Festival
WINNER - Best Cinematography - Stockholm Int'l Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Director's Fortnight - Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection - Toronto Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Chicago Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Cinema San Juan
WINNER - Asian Film Award (special mention) - Tokyo Int'l Film Festival
WINNER - Best of East Asia - Indianapolis Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Telluride Film Festival
Official Selection - Vancouver Int'l Film Festival
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A delicately crafted, gently inflected, lovely little movie about the need for love. --Michael Wilmington, The Chicago Tribune

Ms. Chan is an indomitable life force and charismatic screen presence. --Stephen Holden, The New York Times

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Product Details

  • Actors: Theresa Chan, Ezann Lee, Samantha Tan, Seet Keng-Yew, Chiew Sung-Ching
  • Directors: Eric Khoo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Cantonese, English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: December 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000J0QIQ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,087 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

This movie is quite sensitively directed and the cast and the acting are both very good.
MonsieurRichard
Two teenage girls love each other beyond affection, but also have to face jealousy and rejection.
NNS
Throughout the film she types her life story with deep reflections about love and longing.
Daniel B. Clendenin

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Daniel B. Clendenin on January 26, 2007
Format: DVD
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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Judith T. Krauthamer on September 5, 2008
Format: DVD
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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Helena on October 28, 2007
Format: DVD
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NNS on November 9, 2013
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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.
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