She: tHEiR Love Story

DIRECTOR: Sarunya Noithai

Bright, entertaining, and unabashedly soapy, She: tHEiR Love Story offers something of a crash course in Thai lesbian life. Coming on the heels of Yes or No? (Frameline36), She is only the second major Thai film about lesbians, uncovering a conservative streak in the ostensibly open nation. Moving efficiently between two distinct storylines, the film follows the relationships that two “tomboys” (butch lesbians) have with apparently straight women.

Da (Apassaporn Saengthong) is a girly glamourpuss and columnist whose boyfriend posts a tape of their sex life online; afterward, her editor convinces Da to write about “the trend” of straight women who reject men in favor of women. Be (Kitchya Kaesuwan) is Da’s handsome tomboy next-door neighbor, on whom Da then sets her sights to help her meet a certain deadline. What begins as a lark turns into love, and Da must ask herself which is more important: her career or her relationship? Meanwhile, newcomer Ann Siriwan Baker plays Jane, a boyish, strong-but-silent-type photographer working for businesswoman Bua, played by ’80s Thai icon Penpak Sirikul. Impressed by Jane’s work and her erudition, the mature Bua swiftly falls for the younger woman. Complicating matters, however, are Bua’s ex-husband and her daughter, who show up at a most inopportune moment.

At times uproariously funny, She: tHEiR Love Story traces the pain and the pleasure of falling in love with someone, no matter who they are.

— MORDECAI STAYTON

In Thai with English subtitles.

AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: F132

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