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"Be with me" consists of three stories of love vs. solitude : 1)An aging, lonesome shopkeeper doesn't believe in life any more since his wife died. But he is saved from desperation by ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Theresa Poh Lin Chan ...
Herself (segment "Meant To Be")
Chiew Sung Ching ...
Father (segment "Meant To Be")
Lawrence Yong ...
Son (segment "Meant To Be")
Leong Kooi Eng ...
Mother (segment "Meant To Be")
Elizabeth Choy ...
Herself (segment "Meant To Be")
Seet Keng Yew ...
Security Guard (segment "Finding Love")
Lynn Poh ...
Ann (segment "Finding Love")
Ng Sway Ah ...
Father (segment "Finding Love")
Poh Huat Lim ...
Brother (segment "Finding Love")
Sanwan Bin Rais ...
Security Supervisor (segment "Finding Love")
Toh Cheng Onn ...
Neighbor (segment "Finding Love")
Maximilan Wong ...
Neighbor's Son (segment "Finding Love")
Ezann Lee ...
Jackie (segment "So In Love")
Samantha Tan ...
Sam (segment "So In Love")
Jason Tan ...
Brian (segment "So In Love")
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"Be with me" consists of three stories of love vs. solitude : 1)An aging, lonesome shopkeeper doesn't believe in life any more since his wife died. But he is saved from desperation by reading an autobiographical book and meeting its author, a deaf and blind lady of his own age. 2)Fatty, a security guard in his fifties, lives for two things : good food and love for a pretty executive living in his block of flats. But, if it is easy to satisfy his first need winning the heart of the distant belle is a horse of another color. 3)Two teenage schoolgirls get to know each other on the Internet. Soon they fall in love. Written by Guy Bellinger

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The Singapore Film Commission selected this as their submission to the Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The film was approved by the Academy and screened for the Foreign Language Film Committee. Several days after the official screening, the Academy disqualified the film saying that although the film featured characters speaking three languages (plus one lead deaf and blind character who could not speak), they had "measured" each one and found that there was too much English spoken for them to consider it a Foreign Language Film. See more »

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Theresa Poh Lin Chan: Be with me, my beloved love,
Theresa Poh Lin Chan: That my smile may not fade.
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Surprisingly good....
8 July 2006 | by (Seoul) – See all my reviews

I had heard mixed things about "Be With Me"...The critics, with whom I never agree, loved the film....Several of my friends, whose opinions I value, called it "pretentious".

I usually HATE movies like "Be With Me"....I hate pretentious movies, I hate slow movies, and I REALLY HATE movies with very little dialogue....

Well, "Be With Me" is slightly pretentious, very slow and has very little dialogue. It's not perfect and for the first fifteen minutes I was wondering exactly where the director was going....But it all comes together, and it ends up being a very sad, very inspiring, very relateable movie! I'd never heard of Theresa Chan, an amazing Singaporean woman who after being becoming deaf and blind at age 14, managed to learn English, write a series of books, travel the world and do a lot of volunteer/charity work....and now star in a movie! Her story really makes you want to do something with your life. Obviously, it's hard to make an "exciting" movie about a woman who obviously has a great deal of trouble speaking, but her story was very interesting (and is mostly told in subtitles)....She's definitely a woman who puts the rest of us to shame.

As a side-note, I would like to note that in my home country, the USA, there is a sizable minority of immigrants who live there for twenty years, and still cannot speak any English. In the country where I now live (Thailand), the majority of foreign residents (including many Americans) do not make any effort to learn Thai. And yet this amazing deaf and blind woman (raised speaking only Cantonese) can learn to speak and write English, and write several books in the language!!!! People should be ashamed at their laziness! The other three stories in the movie are more "arty" but all of them are handled fairly well. As much as we probably don't want to admit it, the vast majority of humankind can probably relate to the three stories of more traditional loneliness in the film....After losing his wife, a man loses the will to live.....A girl is spurned by her new "crush" for no apparent reason....Even the slow, fat man with a heart of gold was sympathetic....

And as this IS a Southeast Asian movie, there's even a ghost!! Anyway, this was a flawed film (too many closeup shots of people eating...), but definitely a surprisingly good one. 7.5/10


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