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Seven Days In Heaven

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Seven Days In Heaven

Fu hou qi ri
  • Taiwan
  • 2010
  • 91 minutes
  • Drama
  • Asian

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Adapted from Essay Liu’s tearjerking autobiographical essay that won Taiwan’s top literacy award, Seven Days in Heaven is a sentimental and insightful comedy about the formalities of death.

Mei’s father has just passed away. She and relatives domestic and abroad set off for their home village to attend the 7-day mourning ritual hosted by a Daoist priest. Together the modernized international urbanites experience reverse-cultural shock with rural traditions that are as fascinating as they are exhausting. They burn spirit money overnight near the coffin, baw on cues, and kowtow to figures behind incense sticks. The rare reunion lets the new generation exchange reflections on their interactions with the old man and piece together a fuller image that couldn’t be seen from each individual’s perspective.

After the funeral, each family member moves on to life elsewhere with a deepened connection to their roots. Mei finally gets to cope with the loss in her very own way.