Director: Jung-Chi Chang
Cast: Yu-Siang Huang, Sandrine Pinna, Lieh Lee
In Mandarin, with English subtitles
A blind piano prodigy is taken from the country to a university in Taipei. The film basically follows his adjustments in his new world as well as his mother's worries and sacrifices. So, the film is practically without plot. It's more of a character study. So, the movie's strength is in the details. It's so touching to think that the main character can't see most of the important scenes although he uses his hearing faculties to extrapolate into images things that he hears. The music that he plays are feast to the viewer's ears.
There's another character in movie that the blind prodigy befriends: a dancer who seems to be wasting her life as the delivery girl of a drinks shop. This girl's graceful and fluid dance movements are welcome counterpoints to the prodigy's music. The scenes with the prodigy's mother are mostly heartbreaking especially when she chooses to keep to herself to keep her son from worrying.
The movie is generally heart-warming, well-written, and well-acted.
Date seen: October 19, 2014