MY THAI BRIDE (David Tucker, Australia). 54 minutes. Rating: NNNN
UK businessman Ted (his line of work is, unfortunately, never revealed) loves his Thailand trips, especially the sex tourism. When he meets Tip, who's working at a bar, she's helpful and caring. Soon, he's liquidated all his assets, moved to Thailand, married her, financed a pig farm and built them a house. Thai laws restrict foreign ownership, so Ted naively puts all his holdings in Tip's name.
He's a sad case, virtually invisible to women in his country of origin and looking for love in all the wrong places. She moved into the sex trade after working three years for $4 a day at a plastics factory and realizing she'd never make enough money there to change the life of her young daughter.
So who's exploiting whom?
Viewpoints shift so quickly, it's an almost dizzying experience. This doc is a lesson in neutrality.
Apr 27, 7 pm, Innis Town Hall; Apr 28, 4:30 pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox 2; May 5, 4 pm, Regent.