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Hui guang zoumingqu
A Time To Live, A Time To Escape
  • Taiwan
  • 2014
  • 94 minutes
  • Asian
  • Arthouse

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Family matters. Ling (Chen Shiang-Chyi) has fitted her life into the role of a traditional Asian housewife but the truth is she feels like a prisoner, striving to escape.

Ling’s husband, working in Shanghai, has left her behind to carry out familial duties. She calls, but he never answers. Her precocious teenage daughter Mei Mei would rather spend time with her boyfriend than talk to Ling. As if this all wasn’t enough, a sudden diagnosis of early-onset menopause exacerbates her overwhelming loneliness. She is walled-in.

During a routine visit to her hospitalised mother-in-law, Ling is captivated by the cries and gasps of Chang, an eye-bandaged male patient who no one ever visits. She quickly finds a way to ease the pain by wiping his chest with a wet towel. The intimate touch begins to rekindle her dormant desire. How will Ling deal with the dilemma when Chang regains his sight?

Award-winning veteran cinematographer Chienn Hsiang presents his debut feature, a claustrophobic portrait of urban life constrained by social conventions.