Noy, Above It All
Lao People's Democratic Republic (LA), 2016, 90 minutes, HD
Noy, Above It All Synopsis

OUT OCT 7TH

The first LGBT film to come from Laos, 'Above it All' is a gentle study of family relationships and same sex romance in a rapidly changing country where some taboos are still meant to stay unbroken...


Noy, a male medical graduate who seems to lead a perfect life, is pressured by his parents to marry his beautiful rich girlfriend. When he can no longer deny and hide his sexual preference, he risks the consequences to tell his parents the truth. At the same time, Noy, a Hmong woman from a poor family in Xiengkhouang province, looks forward to celebrating her graduation after a long struggle to support herself in Vientiane. However, her parents’ arrival brings not the joy she expected, but the need to decide whether to remain in Vientiane with her musician crush or get married overseas in order to repay her parents’ debt.

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Reviewed by nikkareyes
This movie gives some contrasting views as observed by the words that the father of the gay Noy said during that scene where Noy comes home with his shirt splattered... more
This movie gives some contrasting views as observed by the words that the father of the gay Noy said during that scene where Noy comes home with his shirt splattered with blood from the car accident victims.  It's an interesting scene as it paved the way for Noy to tell his father that he is gay but it's also quite disturbing because the father mentions that he should go on and marry the girl even if he doesn't love her as having kids could help him become a man.  The acting portrayals are quite commendable but while Noy the closeted gay was okay it was Noy the young woman who works at the restaurant and her friend, the brother of the gay Noy who, for me, stood out from among the actors. It also helps that the younger brother was a balladeer, he was quite expressive to say the least.  An interesting film by Anysay Keola that you should check out! 
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Reviewed by edwinjamescalin
If there's one scene that stayed with me with this film it would be that confrontation scene between Noy the closeted gay and his lover who punched him in the... more
If there's one scene that stayed with me with this film it would be that confrontation scene between Noy the closeted gay and his lover who punched him in the face since I found it a rather intense scene that establishes the inner conflicts between these persons.  I also find it quite surreal regarding the interconnection between two persons who share the same names but with different struggles. For me it's rather a new idea and while some of the performances were quite weak the lead stars hold their own and the two Noys, the gay one and the Hmong woman  were generally impressive in their acting portrayals.  It's also a way of getting acquainted to the local  Laotian culture. Worth checking out! 
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