(2015, 138 mins)
In Hoklo, Mandarin and Japanese with English subtitles
CAST Kai-Hsun Chuang, Leon Dai, Tammy Chen, Shao-Hua Lung
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“A daughter is a father’s lover from a previous life, so your name will be ‘Eileen’.”
(Note: ‘Eileen’ sounds like the pronunciation of ‘lover’ in Taiwanese)
Eileen’s life takes a turn for the better when a motorcycle accident lands her with free violin lessons. She develops a newfound relationship with retired police officer turned taxi driver Liao Chun-Ming as well as Kevin, the man of her dreams. There are the familiar family antics of tea-side conversations and late-night karaoke at the local bar. But there also the dreams of something more, interweaving music and love into the suffocating fabric of daily life. Elena portrays the struggles of the average Taiwanese working class, and the difficulties they face in a rapidly changing country that sees rusty old factories as a thing of the past.
This screening will be preceded by the short film: New Human (4 mins).
"Part romantic comedy, part Taiwanese soap opera, the film, set in the industrial city of Kaohsiung, tells the story of a woman in search of love and happiness, but fixes its gaze on social ills and political injustice in Taiwanese society." Tapei Times