She: Their Love Story

"She: Their Love Story" is a tale of passionate female intimacy and the struggles of overcoming society's repressive demands to be true to themselves. Bua is a successful business woman with the "perfect life". Following a sudden cancer diagnosis she leaves her family behind to ease their pain and hide her destiny. Residing by the sea, she befriends June, ...more

"She: Their Love Story" is a tale of passionate female intimacy and the struggles of overcoming society's repressive demands to be true to themselves. Bua is a successful business woman with the "perfect life". Following a sudden cancer diagnosis she leaves her family behind to ease their pain and hide her destiny. Residing by the sea, she befriends June, an undemanding independent female photographer with a sensual energy and spirit. Meanwhile, Da has her reputation ruined when her "perfect" boyfriend emails out raunchy video clips of her. In order to escape the embarrassment she accepts a job to write a feature about the love life of lesbians in Bangkok. She convinces Bee, a charming tomboy, to be her research subject. As their lives cross, they all embark on a journey of emotional and sexual discovery: With Bua at the end of her life journey, she is granted one last chance to discover the profound meaning of passionate love. And as Da's work relationship with Bee turns sexual she starts to ask herself if it is real love.

Movie Details

  • Director(s) Sranya Noithai
  • Starring Penpak Sirikul, Ann Siriwan Baker, Apassaporn Saengthong, Kitchya Kaesuwan
  • Language(s) Thai
  • Subtitle(s) English
  • Released January 01, 2012
  • Genre
  • Run Time 92 minutes
  • Rating NR

BIGSTAR Review

"I surreptitiously seize happiness from the time that's left with the last love of my life." ~BUA (Penpak Sirikul) to her young lover June (Ann Siriwan Baker), as she still tries to live and love while battling the cancer that's robbing her of both her newfound joy, and the daughter and husband she's broken over hurting with her recent choice.

Making a splash at festivals such as the 2012 Filmfest Homochrom, the 2013 Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival and the 2013 QFest: The Houston GLBTQ International Film Festival as the quintessential Thai film exploring the modern struggles of Bangkok's LGBT community against ages-old tradition, SHE: THEIR LOVE STORY focuses on two separate lesbian couples, with each individual dealing with a myriad of obstacles. First, you've the independent business woman and powerhouse spa resort owner, Bua (Penpak Sirikul) whose recent diagnosis of terminal cancer has her leaving both her husband Vee (Supachai Girdsuwan) and teenage daughter Prae (Papussamol Pawatkamolpat) so she may not burden them with the inevitable pain of her loss (a personal choice regarding her character I'm still a bit baffled about, since it only caused MORE pain). Bua hires a gay local landscape photographer named June (Ann Siriwan Baker) to take shots for upcoming promotional material, and the two connect automatically. In fact, the first "moment" of sexual tension these two have is rather quite humorous (and slightly laughable), regarding a slo-mo scene in which June saves Bua from a broken sprinkler head; "It's alright, just a shower and a change of clothes and I'll be okay. Just tell me if you feel like showering again next time, okay?" exclaims June after the lawn accident. Funny thing is... um... no one was muddy or wet or anything. Their clothes and hair were spotless. Ah, editing. But anyway, that's just the ONE couple, so forward to the young journalist Da (Apassaporn Saengthong), whose recent sex-tape release to her co-workers' emails via a bitter ex-boyfriend has her both personally and professionally shamed, has her boss (and older sister) sending her out of the office to do a roaming feature on Bangkok's LGBT population. She doesn't go far, as she realizes the perfect "specimen" would be the soft-butch lesbian Bee (Kitchya Kaesuwan), who lives next door to her (and someone she's butted heads with on occasion). Bee's very cautious of the sudden politeness from someone she had regarded as a stuck-up, spoiled, and bigoted heterosexual bitch, but after a make-shift date of convenient store food via Da: "Come in. Hey, I've prepared lots of food for you here. Straight from 7-11, you know?", Bee slowly warms to this case study. But how far will it go, and how will it change all the participants in either tale?

This TRULY proves a lovely film about family, tolerance, forgiveness, selfishness, selflessness and some of the toughest sacrifices made in the backdrop of southeast Asian culture I've seen in film. You cannot help but feel for Bua's husband Vee, who makes some of the most selfless decisions a man and father can make. He does get the short end of the stick, in many ways, but stands a testament to the adage, "If you truly love something, set it free." This film is about the slow acceptance of a gay community in a region of ANCIENT tradition, and coming to terms with all that entails. It can be quite a painful transition, but it can be done, as this story's parents slowly-but-surely re-galvanize their fierce love for their children, no matter what their sexual orientation or appearance. In the wake of the U.S.'s magnificent Supreme Court rulings regarding marriage equality in all 50 states, we here at BIGSTAR are so VERY proud to present to our subscribers SHE: THEIR LOVE STORY!

-Steve

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