Monday, June 14, 2010

Sydney Film Festival Day 13 Review Prince of Tears

Prince of Tears takes a true story of Taiwan's White Terror period in the fifties and puts it to film in a stunning and gloriously rendered way. At times feeling like a technicolor film with the colour and the style, the film is beautifully constructed. Even the brutality (in very short bursts), necessary to the story is handled with a soft-touch.

Telling the story of an airforce pilot's young family with two daughters and how they are torn apart as first the father and then the mother a ceased for treason and communism offenses. The two daughters are left to be cared for by others. Friendships emerge and The White Terror continues to have an impact beyond the immediate family.

A lovely piece of cinema.

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