We were too lazy to stick around for an in-depth discussion and decided to do it online. Here are some questions that you may want to consider and leave a comment. If you have other questions or other ideas about the movie, please feel free to comment too.
1. Why is the French title “Like the Others” change to “Baby Love” in translation? What is the significance?
2. There is a straight sex scene (to which the female movie-goer who sat behind me turned to her friend asked, “So he is straight?”). Why do you think there is a straight sex scene?
3. The gay sex scene is only implied while the straight sex scene is rather explicit and long-drawn. Is it homophobic?
4. Is it believable that a man would give up his long-term stable relationship for an unknown (in this case, the unknown is a future baby)?
5. Who else thinks Philippe is hot as hell?
6. What is the portrayal of class issues in this film?
7. What is the portrayal of family in this film?
7a. Every time the young boys ask difficult questions at the dining table, they are asked to leave. What do you make of this?
8. How would you characterize the love between Emmanuel and Philippe?
9. When Cathy asks Emmanuel to sit in her office, he first suspects that he has HIV before he figures out he is infertile. Is this homophobic in any way?
10. Emmanuel lives in Belville, a district with various races but how many non-White characters are there? Why?
11. Why is an illegal immigrant the surrogate mother? Do you think she’s being used by Emmanuel or even the director just as a plot device? What issues of illegal migrancy are brought up? Putting the film in Singapore context, do you think the director is for or against migrants?
12. What is the depiction of gender in the movie? Are there any caricatures of women?
13. In the last scene, it is suggested that Cathy sleeps with the black man. Is
14. Do you find this film funny? At which scenes and why? Are we laughing because of the loss in translation or is the humor universal? If you think that the film is funny, why do you think the director injects humor in a film with a serious theme?