Sway
Thailand, United States of America (US), France (FR), 2014, 108 minutes
Sway Synopsis

Three cities, three couples, three intriguing visions of love and our struggle to communicate in the contemporary world — Rooth Tang's feature debut Sway is a globe-spanning narrative latticework that places private experience on the same scale as broadcast news.

In Paris, a Hong Kong translator slips ever deeper into an uncertain relationship with a journalist who used to be a famous television actress in China. In Bangkok, a well-travelled and ambitious young man dreams of starting his own business, while his girlfriend, who has never left the city, discovers that she's pregnant. In Los Angeles, the Caucasian second wife of a Japanese businessman fears for the future of her relationship as she senses her teenage stepdaughter's growing animosity.

Sway places these tales of people searching for intimacy and understanding against concurrent high-profile world events such as the re-election of Barack Obama, violent protests in Bangkok, and France's intervention in Mali. The result is a compelling inversion of the micro and the macro: sometimes the world can be so small, while the space between two lovers is all but unbridgeable.

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Reviewed by jeteli
I find this a very interesting film.  The story of the American wife with a Japanese husband who has a daughter from his former wife commands attention just like the... more
I find this a very interesting film.  The story of the American wife with a Japanese husband who has a daughter from his former wife commands attention just like the 2 other stories. Adjusting to one's step-daughter was a daunting task for the wife but she was able to hurdle it and in the end there was  a positive resolution with a happy ending in view. Admired the wife's patience, understanding and her devotion to the family, not to mention her conscious effort to learn the Japanese culture and language. Very engaging film to watch!  
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Reviewed by josephcalingasa
Very affecting film which strikes a chord for yuppies always on the move and people chasing the American Dream. The first few scenes will quite confuse the viewers and one... more
Very affecting film which strikes a chord for yuppies always on the move and people chasing the American Dream. The first few scenes will quite confuse the viewers and one can even think there may be a sort of connection to these stories, but no, each of the stories unfold on its own with the common factors only the theme that involves settling or moving on or even getting stuck.  Another common factor would be the unfolding of pivotal current events as a secondary element in a certain scene ( i.e. news on Obama's winning the presidency). Magnetic acting performances by lead characters like Ananda Everingham and Matt Wu, they not only look good on camera but deliver heartfelt portrayals of their roles.  Kudos to Director Rooth Tang for this film which has depth in terms of plot and a magnitude of emotions to boot. Highly recommended!
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Reviewed by lenidecastro
 The story of 3 couples in 3 continents in search of home. The debate on whether a "home" is a place or a state of being come into mind while... more
 The story of 3 couples in 3 continents in search of home. The debate on whether a "home" is a place or a state of being come into mind while watching this movie. The conflict of staying and leaving whether this still affects one's disposition in life or not. Traveling and starting fresh don't seem to go hand in hand as before. This is an interesting film a very solid theme on individuality of people in relationships and coming to terms with fitting in to one another's world.
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Reviewed by sharonmae
Compelling and introspective, this film leads viewers to ask, "what is home". Is it a specific place or destination? Or is it a person? It takes us into a peek... more
Compelling and introspective, this film leads viewers to ask, "what is home". Is it a specific place or destination? Or is it a person? It takes us into a peek of the lives of people who sense the need to belong, experience the effects of being uprooted and finding a way to fit in: whether in a new city or in a new family set-up. But more importantly, it leads viewers to wonder at the resilience of  human nature and the unique character of every person. Experience the power that each of us holds; do check out this film, guys! 
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I connected to the story of the American wife who tried to fit in to her husband's family. Marrying into a family of different cultural background has its own ordeals...
I connected to the story of the American wife who tried to fit in to her husband's family. Marrying into a family of different cultural background has its own ordeals...
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bennydelacruz  you are right,  i can't imagine thenadjustments an inter-cultural marriage has to undergo. I am married to someonenof the same culture and yet it's such an ordeal already!
bennydelacruz  you are right,  i can't imagine thenadjustments an inter-cultural marriage has to undergo. I am married to someonenof the same culture and yet it's such an ordeal already!
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  • Great performances from the leads and a really interesting look at different perspectives.

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  • Great performances from the leads and a really interesting look at different perspectives.
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  • Sometimes it takes more than a tap of one's ruby slippers to the place called "home"...

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  • Sometimes it takes more than a tap of one's ruby slippers to the place called "home"...
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    The question in the film is, where is "home"?
    The question in the film is, where is "home"?
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  • emotional, sentimental and with good-looking actors who deliver magnetic portrayals!  a must-watch!

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  • emotional, sentimental and with good-looking actors who deliver magnetic portrayals!  a must-watch!
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    Definitely a must watch... I like the parallelism of current affairs with the personal affairs of the characters...
    Definitely a must watch... I like the parallelism of current affairs with the personal affairs of the characters...
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  • impressive performances  and cinematography! worth checking out!

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  • impressive performances  and cinematography! worth checking out!
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