Happy or Not?
Taiwan (TW), 2003, 62 minutes, SD
Happy or Not? Synopsis

OUT OCT 7TH Happy or Not? is Wu Wuna’s second film, and the deserving winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Taipei Film Festival. Wu’s own sympathetic personality wins her intimate access to a widow struggling to look after two schizophrenic adult children. Surprisingly light yet profoundly moving, Happy or Not? takes us beyond the myths and prejudices to understand an ordinary but extraordinary family trying to get the assistance they need and cope with the consequences of taking – or not taking – medication. Wu is drawn into confidences and conspiracies, producing the complex ethical dilemmas that come with caring and getting involved, and making the film even more compelling viewing.

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Reviewed by edwinjamescalin
I find this a very truthful and in-depth account of a family with schizophrenic members.  Viewers can observe how the son and daughter struggle with the illness and how they... more
I find this a very truthful and in-depth account of a family with schizophrenic members.  Viewers can observe how the son and daughter struggle with the illness and how they experience hallucinations which, according to the mother, when it happens, is a sign that they are worsening. The auditory hallucinations experienced by the daughter Huixin means that she has to be given medical treatment for a lifetime while the son Huixan on the other hand, is always sent to the hospital but also escapes countless times.  What is heartbreaking in this film would be the sincere feelings of the mother when she expressed that she is losing hope and is completely rundown especially since she's alone in looking over his ill children. In the latter part of the film she said that it's useless for Director Wuna to stop filming because for her, the only ones who can really understand are the very people within the family of these afflicted men and women. Eye-opening and realistic! 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
I found the film interesting as it gives viewers a peek into the lives of a family with two schizophrenic members. With full consent from the mother, Director Wu Wuna... more
I found the film interesting as it gives viewers a peek into the lives of a family with two schizophrenic members. With full consent from the mother, Director Wu Wuna follows Huiran and Huxin in their daily lives and in their home, fostering genuine conversations with them and in the process getting candid answers and opinions from these two siblings who have been afflicted with the illness. A scene where Huxin asks Wuna about boys was an eye-opener as she gets really honest with her thoughts.  Through this film, viewers get to have a clearer understanding of schizophrenia and the impact it does to the patient as well as to their families.  Worth checking out!
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  • very eye-opening for me!  great documentary!

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