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Chicago Theatrical Premiere
BE WITH ME
"Be With Me is an act of romantic longing captured on film. Eric Khoo proves again why he's Singapore's most talented filmmaker." -Time
"I was in tears by the end, which is fairly rare." -Manohla Dargis, New York Times
Recommended! "Absorbing...This elliptical, poetic movie is filled with yearning, humor, and warmth." -Chicago Reader
"Through Eric Khoo's camera lens, we can see his mission: finding a way out in a lonely metropolis for the downtrodden, the fragile, and the defeated, who are both among us and like us. Watching the old man's face and his embrace with the blind lady, I am deeply moved." -Tsai Ming-Liang
Be With Me is a careful study of isolation and the longing for love in Singapore, intercutting three different fictional "vignettes" with the true story of Theresa Chan, a deaf-and-blind woman. This film presents us with scenes such as an old man cooking for his wife and feeding her as she lies ailing in the hospital; two teenage girls building a relationship via text messages; and the security guard (a compulsive eater), as he hopelessly falls in love with a serious businesswoman who works in his building. Chan's own story takes center stage and her real-life history (going deaf at 12, then blind at 14) is told through subtitles and the real life scenes of daily chores. Singapore auteur Eric Khoo (Mee Pok Man, 12 Storeys) is frequently mentioned in the same breath as Hou Hsiao-hsien and Wong Kar Wai, making minimalist films that rely more on stunningly beautiful cinematography and careful structure. Be With Me is almost entirely without dialogue, using rhythm, imagery, body language, and embedded text to convey its stories. This film is about seeing how disparate people respond to their needs to love and be loved.
Directed by Eric Khoo, Singapore, 2005, 35mm, 92 mins. In English, Hokkien, and Mandarin with English subtitles.