Director KEFF delivers more in 40-minutes than most directors can in two hours. Questioning our purpose in a dislocated society is something most of us can relate to but what happens when the questioning is bigger than the fake faces we wear for fake onlookers? What happens when all that remains is oneself?
Who am I? And am I happy enough with myself to keep on living... or will I reach for the razor blade, noose or poison? But it's not as if an existential asteroid is about to hit us. Maybe one person's reaching hand is all that it takes to choose life.
Dialogue and mood driven, our two characters search for connection filled me with anticipation... except that I never knew if that would be towards dread or relief. That subtle suspense creates the mood but the theme of despair is greater.
'Taipei Suicide Story' is one of the most poignant and interesting movies I've watched in 2021, and dangerously perfect for those feeling philosophically lonely during covid.
KEFF is a director to keep track of.
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