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Love in movies & music

Nothing captures love like music and movies, so for our love issue we asked Lift’s love expert Touch Yin Vannith for some of her favorites. She also hit the street to find out what students are listening to and watching to warm their heart these days.

THERE are plenty of songs out there about broken hearts and unrequited love, but Khemararak Serymun’s “Sell mama’s buffalo” takes on a totally different subject; the love between and mother and her family. The song confront issues such as domestic violence or troubled economic times, but in the end everyone is grateful for what they have. His song inspires listeners to feel gratitude towards their parents, even if their relationship has been troubled in the past.
Sorn Vala, a 20-year-old studying in her second year at the National University of Health and Science, said that “No More” by Sokun Nisa has taught her about how love should work.

“People shouldn’t play games with love,” she said. “It will end up hurting the honest person in the relationship.”

My pick for a must-see love movie is the Japanese masterpiece “Sky of Love”. The end mixes happiness with sadness but ultimately all that is important to the two lovers at the centre of the story is that they are next to each other.

Despite sickness and disease, the two characters stay together and I hope that other Cambodian youth who watch this movie will learn a thing or two about how to care for a loved one.

The favourite movie of Kong Sovan Srey Chhouk, a second year student at the Institute of Foreign Languages is the American movie “Pride and
Prejudice,” is based on a novel by Jane Austen and is about the interaction and love between people of different economic classes. While the movie takes place in 19th century England, the topics are relevant to Cambodians today.

“Love really changes people’s character,” said Sovan Srey Chhouk about what she learned from the movie. “They will do anything to satisfy their partner even if they hate doing it,” adding that it reminded her of her own parent’s relationship because her father never ate chillies until he fell in love with Sovan Srey Chhouk’s mother and has since changed his ways.

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