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In the small fishing community of Thy in northern Denmark, 926 Thai women are married to Danish men, a trend that started 25 years ago when a former sex worker from Pattaya married a Thy native and has since helped lonely local men and impoverished women from her village find someone to share life with. Acclaimed filmmaker Janus Metz and his anthropologist wife, Sine Plambech, follow four of these Thai-Danish couples over ten years and two continents in an epic and intimately observed family chronicle about the needs, longings and dreams that unite and separate us across global boundaries. Above all, it is a film about love.


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  • Heartbound is a frustrating work to watch about a potentially fascinating subject. It raises more questions than it answers, with one of the main questions being what it is the filmmakers really wanted to show and explore.

    Sep 14, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The narrative will hold viewers' interest as they find out what has happened to these couples and individuals over the years ... Otherwise, the film may be frustratingly evasive.

    Sep 23, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There's this marriage of Metz's more cinematic approach to these lives and Plambech's academic observance ... sometimes such a clash of method works, sometimes not.

    Sep 12, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Even when filtered through this abstraction, the film cannot erase an imbalance of power: of Heartbound's ensemble, those most affected by lovesickness are elderly white men; the women are instead homesick.

    Sep 11, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Profound in its documentation of ... humble, indomitable survivors, Heartbound is a work of great insight, and a very engaging movie.

    Sep 11, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The stories in the film are compelling and will haunt you long after the closing credits.

    Sep 9, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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