Country: China, Taiwan
Running Time: 120min
Film Year: 2017
Category: Cinema & China
Three generations of women grapple with the vagaries of love in this profoundly wise new film from Taiwanese writer-director-star Sylvia Chang.
After her mother passes, Huiying (Chang) determines that her parents should be buried together. The hitch is her father’s first wife, who has tended his grave for years, flatly rejects the arrangement, refusing to leave her perch upon the grave and enlisting a horde of angry villagers to help her cause. Thanks to Huiying’s TV producer daughter’s video of the event, the interfamilial fracas makes the local news. Meanwhile, Huiying’s campaign to unite her parents’ remains begins to reflect on her own marital doldrums.
With lush cinematography from Mark Lee (In the Mood For Love), uniformly exquisite performances and sympathies to all involved, Love Education speaks to universal longings and anxieties about impermanence, authenticity and the dictates of the heart.
Director: Sylvia Chang
Producer: Patricia Chong
Screenwriter: Sylvia Chang, Xiaoying You
Executive Producer: Victoria Hon
Cinematographer: Ping Bin Lee
Editor: Matthieu Laclau