Film Movement | Release Date: September 29, 2006
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DarylC.Jan 21, 2007
Whilst not being the perfect film, khoo's film remains a gentle and moving exploration of the various incarnations of love. An important step in the development of singapore's film making industry.
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ChadS.Apr 23, 2007
When "Be With Me" switches from fiction to non-fiction in midstream, it brings the modest multi-story film to a grinding halt. "Who does this filmmaker think he is," you ask yourself, "Hou Hsiao-Hsein?"(the same jarring mindf*** occurs in When "Be With Me" switches from fiction to non-fiction in midstream, it brings the modest multi-story film to a grinding halt. "Who does this filmmaker think he is," you ask yourself, "Hou Hsiao-Hsein?"(the same jarring mindf*** occurs in "The Puppetmaster") "Be With Me" is essentially hijacked by a digression; the teen lesbian, the zaftig stalker, and the old man who loses his wife, are all held in narrative limbo while Theresa(Theresa Chan) tells the story about her trials and tribulations as a real life-Helen Keller(Theresa is deaf and blind). It's a miracle, indeed, that "Be With Me" survives the risk-taking gambit of seeing actual excerpts from Chan's memoir being transcribed onto digital video. Her narration is silent; "Be With Me" pulls off the audacious stunt of making its audience read(not subtitles, mind you; but her actual voice expressed as you'd find it in a book). When "Be With Me" picks up where it left off, Chan enters one of the film's narratives, which leads to an emotional payoff that no major studio(or independent film for that matter) can match. This unsung filmmaker also wields his cinematic wizardry by using black humor and irony to tie up the remaining two stories. "Be With Me" is like a moving caterpillar, and then you're bored to tears because the film goes into a cocoon of sorts(seriously, Chan's story without the benefit of a context is embarassing in its earnestness), but then the fiction emerges from the hijack a little gussied-up, as metafiction, and seriously, the hibernation is worth the wait. "Be With Me" is transformed into a butterfly. Expand
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ConstanceTAug 9, 2009
Sparse and poignant. A touching little film.
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