On the afternoon of the 4th of July, 1996, Felix, a Taiwanese-American boy in Iowa, posted a puzzling notice on the door of his bedroom. Three hours later, he hanged himself in the closet and ended his life. In 2002, Peruvian boy Sebastian is suffering from cancer. Full of a love for life, he underg...(Read more)
On the afternoon of the 4th of July, 1996, Felix, a Taiwanese-American boy in Iowa, posted a puzzling notice on the door of his bedroom. Three hours later, he hanged himself in the closet and ended his life. In 2002, Peruvian boy Sebastian is suffering from cancer. Full of a love for life, he undergoes treatment in Miami and fights against death with his alternative perspective on life. Dr. Wen, an emigrant from Taiwan to America, is the connection between the two boys of the same age, who never met or knew anything about each other—Dr. Wen is not just Sebastian’s doctor, he is also Felix’s father.
Though categorized as a documentary, Chung Mong-Hong’s black-and-white photography, frame composition, non-linear narrative, and poetic and lyrical montages make it feel more like an experimental film. The two boys are set paradoxically both in parallel and in opposition. Felix, lively and bright in home-videos (made by Dr. Wen), sought death in the dark for causes unknown; while Sebastian, gloomy in the hospital, dreams of recovering and returning to the soccer field. As the narrator, Dr. Wen stays restrained and reserved, talking softly and sadly throughout the film. Close-ups of Dr. Wen’s face resemble those of a martyr or a repentant man.
|DVD source：||R.O.C. Ministry of Foreign Affairs.|
|Taiwan Academies, Ministry of Culture, R.O.C. please contact Embassies, Representative Offices of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C.|
|Language：||Mandarin, English, Spanish|
|Subtitle：||Chinese, English, French, Spanish|
|LIN Chao-Jung, CHIU Wen-Yi|
Cream Film Production
2006 Taipei Film Awards, Best Documentary Award
2006 Taiwan International Documentary Festival, Merit Prize for Asian Vision Competition
2006 Golden Horse Awards, nominated Best Documentary
2007 Visions du Réel International Film Festival
2008 MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight