I had watched the interesting Bhutanese movie Perfect Girl some years back but took the time to watch it again last night. It is different from the run of the mill Bhutanese films (I have watched quite a few although I should shamefully admit that these are all bootlegged copies as I could not find any legal DVDs of these films available here in the United States).
In one sense it is the simple story of boy-meets-girl (of a different class), boy-loves-girl, boy’s-mother-does-not-approve, challenges are overcome and all is well in the world when the movie ends. It is also similar to some of the other Bhutanese films in that the boy has an urban background, the girl comes from a simple village and the challenges on account of this.
However, the subject matter deals with a combination of old and new habits, one of which, prostitution (the other being drugs) is something that is normally not confronted directly as it was done in the film. There is a brief episode where there is a visible attempt to convey the message to the audience.
Tshering Gyeltshen, the journalist hero, and Sonam Choki as the prostitute to be reformed give quite wholesome performances. It seems this film was the one where Sonam Choki made her debut and that makes her effort more commendable. In terms of appearance she and a Miss Tibet, Tsering Kyi (who now is working here in Washington, D.C.), have some resemblance. That is just my perception.
The fundamental message is wrapped by the story of a boy looking for his perfect girl (hence I guess the English title of the film although in Bhutanese the film is called Muti Thrishing, tree of pearl).
The movie ends with the man saying that he has found his perfect girl. However, in real life I don’t think anyone has found the definitive answer to the eternal question about who is one’s perfect life partner. Perfection is subjective in many ways.