TIFF review: Heartbound

Filmed over 10 years, this heartbreaking documentary looks at marriages of convenience between Thai women and Danish men


HEARTBOUND DOCS D: Janus Metz and Sine Plambech. Denmark/Netherlands/Sweden. 90 min. Sep 10, 9:45 pm, Scotiabank 14 Sep 15, 10:15 am, Scotiabank 10. See listing. Rating: NNNNN


What makes a marriage? Is it true love, companionship or a sense of security? These are the questions Heartbound attempts to answer in this powerful, and oftentimes heartbreaking, documentary by husband and wife team Metz and Plambech.

Filmed over 10 years, the film switches between a quiet Danish town and a remote Thai village. After meeting her husband during her time as a sex worker in Pattaya, Thailand, Sommai has been helping other Thai women find Danish husbands, who are then willing to financially support their families back home. For some, the arrangement works out well and it really looks like true love for others, a language barrier is just the start to their problems.

Heartbound is more than just about international matchmaking. It reveals the difficult and unjust choices many women must make in order to support their families. The stories in the film are compelling and will haunt you long after the closing credits.

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