A Time in Quchi
(SHU JIA ZUO YE)
Kuo Yuang Ching
Shu Chih Chun
Chang Tso-chi Film Studio
1 rue de la fraternité
87400 Saint Léonard de Noblat
06 99 54 85 24
Screening : 2024
DCP, Color, 109 min, OV mandarin SUBFR
Official Competition Locarno Film Festival 2014
At the end of his school semester, Bao is sent to his widower grandfather in Quchi, as his parents are planning to divorce. Depressed and sullen he joins a small primary school where he discovers that a girl pupil has the same nickname as him: ‘Bear’. Bao also gets friendly with Mingchuan, a local boy secretly in love with Bear. These two friends make Bao’s life happier at a time of family distress, allowing him to reconsider his vision about life.
With realism and sensitivity and avoiding excessive Manichaeism, Chang-Tso-chi shows how the traditional way of life in the country side can make people as happy, if not more, as the modern hectic life.
“A Time in Quchi” was shot not far from Taipei in Quchi, a jewel swathed in the greenery where two rivers merge, a shelter for broken hearts.