Be With Me (2006)

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Produced by the gifted Marin Karmitz's MK2 Productions, Eric Khoo's omnibus film Be With Me encompasses three separate tales. All are concerned with the themes of love and fate, each centered around a character who yearns to be with another, beloved individual. In the first segment, "Meant to Be," an elderly shopkeeper suffers from the pangs of loneliness until an encounter with the blind and deaf Theresa Chan (via her autobiography) changes his life; the 61-year-old Chan portrays herself in the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Theresa Chan, Eric Khoo, Wong Kim-Hoh
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On DVD: Dec 26, 2006
Runtime:
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Cast


as Security Guard

as Jackie

as Shopkeeper

as Herself

as Father

as Brother

as Security Supervisor

as Neighbour

as Neighbour's Son

as Brian

as Jackie's Mother

as Sam's Ftaher

as Sam's Mother

as Sam's Brother
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Critic Reviews for Be With Me

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

This elliptical, poetic movie is filled with yearning, humor, and warmth.

Full Review… | October 4, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Viewers' patience will be rewarded as the stories come together in a moving fashion.

September 29, 2006
New York Post
Top Critic

Although four stories are folded together in Eric Khoos elliptical film, it's the true story of a deaf and blind Singaporean woman that gives the movie its backbone.

September 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Sometimes clumsy and dry, always sympathetic, and wryly interested in the impact food has on social intercourse, Be With Me is eventually affecting once its elliptical shape becomes clear.

Full Review… | September 26, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

Pic's awkward combo of true life and fiction doesn't really work in a dramatically cohesive way, despite incidental pleasures and character vignettes.

Full Review… | April 6, 2006
Variety
Top Critic

A delicately crafted, gently inflected, lovely little movie about the need for love.

Full Review… | April 6, 2006
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Be With Me

A very slow paced, quiet little film from Singapore that interweaves three separate stories together into a coherent whole. When I say quiet, I mean that literally. The dialog is sparse, with the bulk of the interaction occuring without anything spoken. The themes are loneliness, unrequited love, and secret longings. The characters are well drawn and one never loses the sense of the film in spite of the austere nature of its unfolding. The emotions play out with genuine heart and one feels empathy for each of the characters. The film suffers however, from a lack of any real focus. It appears to be a vehicle for introducing us to a real, flesh and blood woman of outstanding courage and accomplishment, and did so in a most oblique way. This viewer felt that the material would have been more direct if the biographical information had been left out, or had been developed as a separate documentary. As presented, it did little to inform the central themes and one felt like there wasn't enough story for the film to stand on its own. It was almost as if the biography was inserted to stretch the film to something closer to feature length. Watch it for a view of life in this tiny asian nation, and for the message it conveys even in spite of its flaws. Just don't expect heart stopping action or witty dialog. It's not there.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

One man dares not meet a woman he's messaged online, a girl sends desperate texts to her ex-lover, an older deaf and mute woman only hears through touch. A beautiiful triplet of stories about love, love looked for, love lost, and love maybe found, communicated every which way apart from. speech, and more resonant than a million pat celluloid romances.

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Lesley N

Super Reviewer

Lyrical,soft as the white snow,partially brutal but that's just my metaphorical enthusiasm.Theresa Poh Lin Chan as the real individual amidst fictional tales of love,the hunt for love or simply eternal love.Yeah,the plot is familiar you'll protest...sure,if one scratches the surface and realizes miss Theresa's inabilities are but her unique breath whereas the ones who can see and hear are the shamefully crippled.

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Dimitris Springer

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