Exit
Hui guang zoumingqu
Taiwan, 2014, 94 minutes
A Time To Live, A Time To Escape
Exit Synopsis

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.

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Reviewed by josemiranda
The character of Ling is representative of women who are caged in where it concerns expressing their sensual side.  The portrayal is realistic that somehow elicits a dose of amusement... more
The character of Ling is representative of women who are caged in where it concerns expressing their sensual side.  The portrayal is realistic that somehow elicits a dose of amusement on the side of viewers because the actress Chen naturally exhibited the character's actuations.  There are very suggestive images that evoke sensuousness and desires wanting to break out and I'd have to say cinematography succeeded in  drawing out viewers' reactions.  Genuinely so engrossed with this one, you better check this out, too. 
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Reviewed by ricke17
I was lucky to have won a copy of this film on DVD in a recent twitter competition run by Filmdoo (thanks!).

Hsiang’s directorial debut is a true tour... more
I was lucky to have won a copy of this film on DVD in a recent twitter competition run by Filmdoo (thanks!).\r\n\r\nHsiang’s directorial debut is a true tour de force of cinematography, partly filmed voyeuristically, placing significance on how Ling’s mundane and lonely life can be represented by, for example, the tired wallpaper which needs replacing or the front door lock, which sporadically does not work properly. The premise of the film is simple; Ling (the protagonist of the movie) is diagnosed with early onset menopause and having familial duty to care for her mother-in-law who is in hospital, she meets a male patient, Chang, whom unlocks and evokes desires she has not experienced in many years. Without spoiling this for others, this film demonstrates how East meets West in terms of desires women experience/want even in circumstances when this should not be expressed. A true gem of a film, which I highly recommend. \r\n
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ricke17  I agree! The dilemma of letting your inner desires takenover or keeping it caged. Very intense.
ricke17  I agree! The dilemma of letting your inner desires takenover or keeping it caged. Very intense.
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  • If you are struggling to escape the routine life, watch this and let Ling guide you! :D

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  • If you are struggling to escape the routine life, watch this and let Ling guide you! :D
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