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Yaak Rak Gaw Rak Loey

DIRECTOR: Saratsawadee Wongsomphet

When city girl Pie meets new college roommate Kim, she grumbles: “I escaped from a lipstick lesbian just to end up with a tomboy!”—the term for butch lesbian in Thailand. But Kim protests she’s not a tomboy; she’s a simple farm girl who’s never had a boyfriend or girlfriend—and she flips her shirt up to prove it, as well as her own sexual naiveté. Not satisfied with this evidence, the uneasy heterosexual Pie tapes a dividing line on the dorm-room floor and forbids Kim to cross this no-blanket Wall of Jericho into her own territory. Good-natured Kim strums her ukulele on the other side, but her superior cooking skills lure Pie over more than once.

One night a rainstorm soaks Pie’s bed and forces her into Kim’s—but Kim is a gentleman and sleeps on the floor. Their tentative romance is threatened by everyone around them including Pie’s middle-class mother, who can’t accept “those abnormal sexualities.” Rivals, like Pie’s mother-approved boyfriend and the ex-roomie lipstick-lesbian drama queen who is instantly smitten by Kim, only push the hesitant lovers into uncharted territory. With this winsome romantic comedy featuring Thailand’s first lesbian protagonists, lesbian director Wongsomphet has fashioned a debut that gently eases gay women into mainstream love stories. After struggles with financing and her own worries that the film would repel viewers, she was rewarded with the Thai equivalent of an Academy award nomination for best director.

— FRAKO LODEN

In Thai with English subtitles.

AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: F149

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