Article Title:Out Takes review: Yes or No
Author or Credit:Jacqui Stanford
Published on:29th May 2013 - 01:24 pm
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Story ID:13417
Text:Holy heck, what a bundle of cuteness. You won’t need an ice cream with this Thai flick or you might just overdose on sweetness! In Out Takes offering Yes or No, princessy university student Pie (Sucharat Manaying) moves into a new room where she mistakes her new roommate for a boy, creating a slapstick exchange that results in that roommate flashing her tits to prove she is a girl. That roommate is Kim (Supanart Jitalleela), who has short hair so everyone assumes she is a “tom,” which seems to equate to a butch lesbian. Pie, fussy and bossy, divides the room into two with tape, telling Kim to stay on her side. Of course, this mental and physical barrier doesn’t last as she gets to know Kim, who may look like a “tom,” but is scared of cockroaches and terrified of the dark, and cooks a mean roast chicken! The most touching scene is when both Pie and Kim start to open up to each other on a walk home, where Kim asks whether being a “tom” or a lesbian would change anything. “I still like to play games, I still like to roast chicken and everything is the same,” she points out, asking whether people will see anything other than a “tom”. The film gently explores issues of self-discovery in the face of society’s many labels and pigeonholes, and parents’ prejudice, things which clearly stretch beyond university campuses in Thailand. The wisdom of an older friend of Kim’s is great: she tells her it doesn’t matter what she looks like on the outside, but how she feels on the inside, that matters. While it’s all pretty innocuous really, it’s refreshing to see such a simple and sweet story on screen –a great film for GLBT youth to check out, and one which will transport the rest of us back to those intense, pure, frustrating, amazing, tortured times of falling for someone of the same sex for the first time. See Yes or No: Wellington: Friday 7 Jun 6:20pm Wellington: Saturday 8 Jun 2:25pm   Jacqui Stanford - 29th May 2013    
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