A few weeks ago, I dedicated my spare time in the whole afternoon to two films at Lido. It had been one month from my last visit to a cinema (which was also Lido). That doesn’t sound long, actually perfectly normal to my usual life, but somehow I feel that I need to go for some movies, especially when there are some I want to see.
The first film I saw was Trust, and another one was Love, Not Yet. Even though the two films are of quite different genres, they are somewhat related, as they both involve teen and sex. One of them focus on teen pregnancy, and the other on teen girl tricked into sexual abuse. As the title of this entry suggests, I’m going to talk about Trust here. As for Love, Not Yet, I’ve written something about it on SEA Youth Say So, although it’s more like an introduction for non-Thai audience.
The plot of Trust is nothing complex. Nothing much to guess about what to happen. A fourteen-year-old girl is in need of acceptance. She got into this relationship with some boy online, who turned out to be older and older than she thought as the relationship progressed. What’s important in this film is the dealing with the aftermath, especially emotionally.
If you’re bullshit-intolerant, a part of this film will not be so enjoyable. No, I don’t mean the film is bad. It’s good, probably not perfect, but good nonetheless. The problem is you get to watch a girl doing stupid things like chatting with a guy online and believing everything he says. (I know this sounds tactless. I’m quite easily annoyed by stupid behaviours, that’s why I can never stand Thai dramas.)
But most importantly, it’s not a film to teach kids about same old don’t-talk-with-strangers-online. What the main character Annie does is stupid all right, but many of us do stupid things at the age of 14, or even 22. It’s easy to look back and think that our attention and acceptance seeking attitude was childish, but was it really easy to see it through?
What Trust shows us is how important it is for parents to be understanding. We see from the beginning while her parents are all warming and caring, they don’t really understand how insecure Annie is at this age, especially her father. She is weak, yes, but that doesn’t mean we should turn her towards some 30-something guy online to get to her by trying to be very understanding.
Another thing we see from Trust is how the society deal with the victim. We often see that the problem from rape or sexual abuse is not only the crime itself, but the attitude towards the victim. Somehow the society condemn the victim even more than the rapist. This is a very tricky part to deal with. Victims get embarrassed, and it’s not only the harrassing comments that can hurt Annie. We see from this film that by being overly symphathetic, seen on the dinner table, can remind her even more of it, as well as the father’s obsession.
If you like the film to be very emotional, I guess Trust will be enjoyable. For me, I feel that the scene that triggers Annie’s realisation kind of come out of nowhere just to serve the purpose, but the scene afterward is remarkable. Liana Liberato, who portrays Annie, did a very good job throughout, and she is also very lovely. 😀
For those in Bangkok, Trust is still shown at Lido, Siam Square