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"My mom said if I like someone I’d feel like there’s a hundred butterflies in my tummy."

Yes or No is a 2010 Thai LGBT dramedy-romance film directed by Sarasawadee Wongsompetch and starring Sucharat “Aom” Manaying and Suppanad “Tina” Jittaleela. It’s a G-rated lesbian flick, the first in Thailand to feature a “Tom” character, a woman who dresses and acts in a masculine way, derived from the English word “tomboy”.

Pie hails from an upper-middle-class background in Thai society, one which adheres strictly to traditional values, including values related to sexuality. She’s at college studying fisheries and in a relationship with P’van (A man. This is important.). All is well in the world.

Enter Kim, a farm girl studying agriculture. Only she’s not too girly. She’s a Tom, which gets Pie’s back up straight away. However, the more time they spend together, the more Pie sees that not only are her family’s prejudices about Toms and sexuality not worth her time, but there’s something about the way she feels about Kim that she just can’t deny...


Followed by a sequel subtitled “Come Back To Me” in 2012.

This film contains examples of:

  • Ambiguously Gay: Auntie Inn, at least in the first film. She has some masculine mannerisms, Pie asks Kim if she’s a Tom after their first meeting, the staff at her café all appear to be Toms, and she knows Kim is gay even before Kim seems to know it herself, talking about it very openly and casually. It’s only in the second film that she turns up at Kim’s internship crying over a man she fell in love with and who broke her heart, but that’s not to say she’s not at least bi.
  • Animal Motifs:
    • Butterflies. A recurring element in the first film. First mentioned in the figurative sense of butterflies in the stomach, then they are physically seen at key moments where Pie finds herself falling in love with Kim, though the butterflies are clearly CGI, making it unclear whether they are actually there or just in Pie’s mind.
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    • The theme continues in the sequel, where Kim gives Pie a butterfly necklace with a hidden message at the beginning of the film.
  • Cool Pet: Conversed. Pie tells Kim she wants to keep a jellyfish as a pet someday, but says it's too impractical. Kim remembers this when shopping for a present for Pie later in the film, and buys her a jellyfish-themed lamp.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Kim seems to have this effect on people without even trying.
  • Flamboyant Gay: Boy, aka Pey, Pie’s Gay Best Friend. Especially in the sequel, where he is never seen without a wig of some description.
  • Gang of Bullies: A bunch of boys who hang around the downtime areas of the college, verbally abusing everyone who goes by, especially Kim for being a tomboy.
  • Gay Best Friend: Boy, known as Pey in the sequel. Boy seems to be this for Pie’s whole friendship group in the first film, but in the sequel it’s clear that Pie is his real best friend, as she cannot even contemplate doing her internship without him.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Despite her feelings for Kim becoming very apparent throughout the film, Pie never actually comes out as gay, she just happens to be a girl in love with another girl. Kim, on the other hand, while conflicted in the first film over whether being a Tom automatically makes her gay, openly tells Yongkao she’s a lesbian in the sequel.
  • Inconvenient Attraction: Much of the premise of the film comes from the fact that Pie’s wealthy background and the prejudices of people of said background would make a relationship with Kim very problematic. Pie’s Character Development is based around embracing that what she feels is genuine love and damn what her parents think.
  • Interrupted Suicide: When Jane finally realizes that Kim is not interested in her, she grabs a Stanley knife from somewhere (honestly, she doesn’t even move from the spot Kim left her and it’s suddenly in her hand) and is about to cut herself when her roommate Nerd appears and Dope Slaps her for being so stupid as to attempt self-harm.
  • Jerkass: Pie’s ‘boyfriend’ P’van talks about Pie’s mother’s and his own opinions about homosexuality being unnatural to Kim’s face, after seeing some Tom-Dee couples passing by. It’s heavily implied that this is purely to make Kim upset and keep her away from Pie.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Pie (and Jane) to Kim's Butch Lesbian. The Thai equivalent to this is 'Dee', derived from 'lady', a lesbian who conforms to Thailand's standards of femininity.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: When Kim is sick in bed with a migraine, she wears a blindfold while she recovers. Jane seizes the opportunity for a sneaky cuddle and Kim, thinking her to be Pie, reciprocates. Then Pie walks in.
  • Right Behind Me: A non-comedic variation on this trope. Jane seems to have the uncanny ability to turn up out of nowhere just when Pie and Kim think they might get some quality time alone together. Actually Played for Laughs earlier in the film when Pie is applying to switch rooms away from Kim while complaining loudly to the building’s receptionist about how “inconvenient” it is to have to share a room with a Tom. She looks up to find the building’s Butch Lesbian manager standing there, and gets chewed out over her prejudices.
  • Romantic Spoonfeeding: Used several times throughout the film, but most prominently by Jane when enjoying some rare Kim-time at a point where Kim and Pie are starting to seriously contemplate their feelings for each other.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Western perceptions of public displays of affection would lead to the assumption that Pie and Kim’s relationship begins much earlier than it really does in this film, while the actual Relationship Upgrade occurs around two-thirds of the way in with their First Kiss.
  • Security Cling: Kim has a habit of doing this to Pie when things scare her. First seen when a cockroach scuttles over her foot after first meeting Pie, causing her to run and grab Pie, who is only wearing a towel, and gets a kick to the gut for her trouble. A much sweeter variation occurs later when the lights short out in their dorm during a bad rainstorm, and Kim, who’s afraid of the dark, grabs Pie again, only this time Pie just laughs about it. The sweetness of this scene is turned Up to Eleven as Kim is shown clinging shyly to Pie’s shirt as the latter lights candles to help her be less afraid. This marks the beginning of the Will They or Won't They? Plot Thread of the second act of the film.
  • The Stoic: Nerd, Jane's roommate, walks around as if in a trance for most of the film, until she arrives in the nick of time to prevent Jane from self-harming with a Dope Slap.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Kim’s Tomboy to Pie’s Girly Girl. To be fair, this would be true of any of Kim’s friendships/potential relationships across the two films.
  • Transparent Closet: Auntie Inn talks to Kim about her relationships as though the only person who doesn’t know she’s gay is Kim herself.
  • Your Favorite: Doubles as a Call-Back. Kim remembers Pie telling her how much she likes jellyfish and buys her a jellyfish lamp as a present. Pie finds this out following a row with Kim by looking through her shopping bags and goes out in the rain to look for her. Cue their First Kiss.

"Thank you for having the courage to love me."

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