Thai lesbian film.
Bua, who owns a resort in Pattaya, is divorcing her husband of 20 years – despite strenuous objections from him, their daughter and Bua’s mother. Bua is a closeted lesbian who’s suffered too long, but she’s happier now that she’s met June.
June is a talented photographer who’s always kept her sexual preference a secret, even from the ones she loves. She’s happy to be gay but still feels like a sinner.
Bee, who owns a coffeeshop, is a tom living alone. Spurned by her father, she feels guilty. She doesn’t ever expect success at love, thinking that the only thing tom can do is make other women happy.
Da lives next door to Bee. Though also unloved, she’s straight and considers tom abnormal, and she’d never dream of dating one – until something changes her mind.
It was interesting watching how these four characters deal with their respective social circumstances.
Bua has had to hide her true self to maintain the illusion of a perfect family. She adhered to the role model’s example – good daughter, wife and mum – while ignoring her heart’s yearnings.
Da plays up her femininity in a heterosexual society and is blind to the possibility of other forms of relationships. She ends up being the only one who suffers from obeying too many rules.
June and Bee are happier because they accept their sexual orientation, but they’re still haunted by its negative connotations in society’s view. They never consider themselves correct or equal, so they seek out secret sanctuaries.
The film is a good survey of modern homosexual Thai women. It reflects the fact that women who love women here face the guilt of breaking social rules. Only the brave ones cross the border, knowing that plenty of happiness waits for them there.
The situation is virtually the same for gay men, but more media attention devoted to the women will make it easier for them to come out of the closet.