A Summer at Grandpa's

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Un Eté chez grand-père

A Summer at Grandpa's

(Dongdong de jiaqi)

by Hou Hsiao-hsien



Un Eté chez grand-père

Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien

Script: Chu Tien-wen

Cinematographer: Chen Kun-hou

Editor: Liao Ching-song

Music: Edward Yang

Cast: Wang Chi-kwang, Koo Chuen, Mei Fong, Lin Hsiao-ling

Production: Marble Film Production

Year: 1984

35 mm, Colour, 102 min
OV Mandarin with French Subtitles

Nantes' Festival des 3 continents Grand Prize 1984

With kind support of Embassy of Taiwan in Paris

Their mother being seriously ill, ten year-old boy Tung-Tung and his five-year-old sister Pi-yung have to leave Taipei and spend 2 weeks at their grand-father's, in the centre of the country. They travel by train with their young uncle and his fiancee. After a few incidents during their trip, they settle at their grand-father's, an austere and strict man who throws the young uncle out when he realises his fiancee is pregnant. Pi-yung would have drowned herself if she had not been saved by a simple-minded pregnant young woman who loses her child after falling down. They also play games and go swimming. It is a bright summer full of sun and laughter's, yet, under the appearance of games and jokes, unexpected dramas are hidden. Everywhere, obsessional death lies in ambush, in the darkness of a naively happy and secretly wounded childhood.

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