Love on Delivery (image 1)

In a remote fishing community in the north of Denmark live 575 Thai women married to Danish men.

Screened as part of NZIFF 2009

Love on Delivery 2008

Fra Thailand til Thy

Directed by Janus Metz

This lively doco portrait of Thai wives in a remote Danish town provides intimate insights and challenges PC prejudices about arranged marriages in which emotional comfort is frankly bartered for economic security.

Denmark In Danish, English and Thai with English subtitles
59 minutes DigiBeta

Director

Producers

Jesper Jack
,
Henrik Veileborg

Screenplay

Janus Metz
,
Sine Plambech

Photography

Lars Skree
,
Henrik Bohn Ipsen

Editor

Marion Tuor

Sound

Thomas Jaeger

Music

Uno Helmersson

With

Sommai & Niels
,
Mong & John
,
Kae & Kjeld
,
Basit & Frank

Festivals

Amsterdam Documentary 2008; SXSW 2009

Elsewhere

Thai women and Danish men offer each other something less easily found at home, in a pair of intimate documentaries that sympathetically explore marriages in which emotional comfort is frankly bartered for economic security. The first, Love on Delivery, takes us to Thy, on the northern tip of Denmark. Fifteen years ago, Sommai, the town's first Thai, arrived to join the man she'd met in a bar in Pattaya, the well-known beach resort near Bangkok. Now this cheerful pragmatic woman oversees a thriving marriage market and more than 500 Thai women have made a home here with their Danish husbands. While observing four client couples, the film focuses most intently on Sommai's lovely and wary niece, Kae, and her unlucky-in-love suitor Kjeld. Perfect strangers, sharing no common language, they must decide whether to marry in the three months before Kae's tourist visa expires. She is instructed by Sommai and her girl crew, often to amusing effect, in the finer points of Danish domesticity, while Kjeld, Thai/Danish dictionary in hand, embarks on his own voyage of discovery. — SR