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Exit

Exit
  • 2014
  • Taiwan
  • 94 min
  • Directed by: Hsiang Chienn
  • Cast: Ming Hwa Bai, Shiang-chyi Chen, Ming-hsiang Tung
  • Language: Mandarin
  • UK release: 24 April 2015

Ling (Chen Shiang-chyi) is a middle-aged seamstress abandoned by her daughter and husband; when caring for her hospitalised mother-in-law she starts to bond with a man in a nearby bed whose eyes are bandaged over. Quiet, restless and lovely study of longing and abandonment, avoiding sentimentality and channelling understandable anger into a powerful conclusion.

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Ling, 45, finds her mundane life crushed by the sudden diagnosis of early onset menopause. Overwhelmed by loneliness, her absent husband and rebellious daughter offer no comfort. During a routine visit to her hospitalised mother-in-law, she becomes captivated by a male patient with bandaged eyes in excruciating pain. This wordless stranger lights a spark in Ling and their increasingly intimate interactions promise to rekindle her dormant desire.

Flashed with black humour, Exit is a genuine portrait of a woman trapped between two generations, balancing her deepest desires against conforming to social expectations.

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Exit

20 Apr 20154 stars

Touching Taiwanese drama about longing and loneliness from Chienn Hsiang

A fine film surely influenced by the work of Tsai Ming-liang (Vive L’Amour, The River) but that manages to steer clear of his shadow, this quiet, internally restless movie is directed by Chienn Hsiang, its camera always at the service of its sensitive…

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