ABOUT THE FILM
Anu is a tomboy. Married off at a young age—as was customary in Taiwan in the 1970s—and had two children, Anu soon divorced her violent husband and raised her daughtersalone. Since then her only romantic relationships have been with women whom, like her, earn a living as professional mourners at funerals.
It’s considered taboo in Taiwanese culture to question a mother’s love, but that’s exactly the topic of her daughter, Hui-chen Huang’s intimate portrait. Mother and daughter setoff on a journey together into the past, during which Hui-chen confronts Anu with questions that have tormented Hui-chen for many years.
In a series of long shots the two women discuss loneliness, trust, and abuse, yet most of these discussions end in painful silence. Shifting focus in order to plumb the depths oftheir relationship, Hui-chen attempts to understand her mother by also talking to her mother’s siblings and ex-lovers. In doing so she paints a picture of the changing lives andconditions for three generations of women in Taiwan.
Director Hui-chen Huang
Producer Diana Chiawen Lee
Executive Producer Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Editor Jessica WanYu Lin
Cinematographer Che Lin
2017: Golden Horse Film Festival (World Premiere), Berlinale (International Premiere)
Teddy Award, Best Documentary (Berlinale), Nominated for Golden Horse Award for Best Documentary and for Best Editing (Golden Horse Film Festival), Special Jury Prize (Nashville)
The World, excluding North and South East Asia
DCP, Blu-Ray, DVD
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