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Be with Me (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 8 September 2005 (Singapore)
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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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Eric Khoo

Writers:

Theresa Poh Lin Chan (inspiration), Eric Khoo (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Theresa Poh Lin Chan Theresa Poh Lin Chan ... Herself (segment "Meant To Be")
Chiew Sung Ching Chiew Sung Ching ... Father (segment "Meant To Be")
Lawrence Yong Lawrence Yong ... Son (segment "Meant To Be")
Leong Kooi Eng Leong Kooi Eng ... Mother (segment "Meant To Be")
Elizabeth Choy Elizabeth Choy ... Herself (segment "Meant To Be")
Seet Keng Yew Seet Keng Yew ... Security Guard (segment "Finding Love")
Lynn Poh Lynn Poh ... Ann (segment "Finding Love")
Ng Sway Ah Ng Sway Ah ... Father (segment "Finding Love")
Poh Huat Lim Poh Huat Lim ... Brother (segment "Finding Love")
Sanwan Bin Rais Sanwan Bin Rais ... Security Supervisor (segment "Finding Love")
Toh Cheng Onn Toh Cheng Onn ... Neighbor (segment "Finding Love")
Maximilan Wong Maximilan Wong ... Neighbor's Son (segment "Finding Love")
Ezann Lee Ezann Lee ... Jackie (segment "So In Love")
Samantha Tan Samantha Tan ... Sam (segment "So In Love")
Jason Tan Jason Tan ... Brian (segment "So In Love")
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Storyline

"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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Zhao Wei Films

Country:

Singapore

Language:

Cantonese | English | Hokkien | Mandarin

Release Date:

8 September 2005 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Quédate conmigo See more »

Filming Locations:

Singapore

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Budget:

SGD 200,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

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Color
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Trivia

Received a five-minute standing ovation when it premiered at the Noga Hilton hotel under the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes. See more »

Quotes

Theresa Poh Lin Chan: Be with me, my beloved love,
Theresa Poh Lin Chan: That my smile may not fade.
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Referenced in Fokus på Film fra Sør (2011) See more »

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A rewarding experience
8 September 2005 | by sangsaraSee all my reviews

A rewarding experience, albeit one that seems at least 30 minutes longer than it actually is. The slow buildup is for the most part careful foundation building for the second half of the film, a rarity in Singaporean film and a testament to Khoo's ever-growing maturity as a filmmaker and controller of pace, although when that second half comes, it feels like a jarring switch not unlike the one pulled by David Lynch in the middle of his 1997 film, Lost Highway. The signs are present that Khoo worked to bridge the discontinuity of the 3 stories and the order in which they are presented (foreshadowing and foregrounding of certain recurring visual images), but the fact that he does not perfectly succeed is of little detriment to the final product.

It is a well-made movie consisting of one strong tale of strength, recovery, and the beauty of love bookended by two other stories that would have benefited from being drawn as their own entities and stood up and apart from the central story of the blind and deaf Theresa Chan (pretty much Singapore's own Helen Keller). Instead, they try to conform to the model of sparse dialogue and psychostylistic sense-deprivation that serves that story so well - the result being that they appear unevenly matched. Still, a fine film.

(previously posted at 1minreview.com)


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