Taiwan Film Festival

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Murmur of Youth


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MURMUR OF YOUTH
美麗在唱歌
Meili Zai Changge

Directed by Lin Cheng-Sheng
導演 林正盛
(1997)

Lin Sheng-cheng’s second feature, this film is perhaps the first in Taiwan to broach the subject of lesbian desire. The film offers a cross-section of Taipei society with the story of two teenage girls who share the name Mei-li. One Mei-li inhabits the concrete world of high-rise apartment buildings in the city center with her middle-class family; the other lives with her working-class family living in the lushly green outskirts of the city. The two girls’ paths cross when they both take jobs selling movie tickets, and in the cramped space of the ticket booth, their developing friendship takes an amorous turn.

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