Candy Rain

Love offers a downpour of ennui with occasional showers of enjoyment in the lightweight lesbian meller "Candy Rain," the feature bow by Taiwan's prolific commercials/musicvideo helmer Chen Hung-i.

With:
With: Grace Chen, Belle Hsin, Sandrine Pinna, Waa, Kao Yi-ling, Niki Wu, Josephine Hsu, Jozie Lu, Cyndi Wang, Karena Lam.

Love offers a downpour of ennui with occasional showers of enjoyment in the lightweight lesbian meller “Candy Rain,” the feature bow by Taiwan’s prolific commercials/musicvideo helmer Chen Hung-i. Collection of four vignettes, tenuously strung together, is sweetened by a “Reality Bites” sensibility, but slim content may prompt some viewers to exit early. A natural for gay-themed fests looking for international and generally upbeat fare, pic is sufficiently arty to appeal to regular festgoers too.

Based on the lovelorn experiences of some of Chen’s lesbian friends, the film starts with a breezy (and easily excisable) sequence that tests auds’ patience prior to the more engaging stories that follow. Penultimate yarn has the most emotional heft, portraying lovers Spancer (Niki Wu) and Summer (Kao Yi-ling), who agree to separate for 10 years while the latter explores heterosexuality. Only name actress is Hong Kong-based Karena Lam, in the over-theatrical final seg, convincingly playing a butch lesbian whose relationships always end in violence. Overall, perfs are charming, if rough, and the whole movie is gracefully shot. Stories are linked by a running gag about a package delivery for a person named Candy Rain.

Candy Rain

Taiwan

Production: A Red Society Films production. (International sales: Three Dots Entertainment, Taipei.) Produced by Wei Ying-chuan, Terrisa Chen. Executive producer, Zhang Mei-ling. Directed by Chen Hung-i. Screenplay, Lin Yan-ru, Chen, A.D. Lin.

Crew: Camera (color, HD-to-35mm), Fisher Yu; editors, Chen Hung-i, Liu Chun-hsiu; music, Chen Chien-chi; production designer, Tsai Pei-ling. Reviewed at Hong Kong FilMart, March 20, 2008. (Also in Hong Kong Film Festival.) Mandarin, English dialogue. Original title: Aiqing, tangguo yu. Running time: 102 MIN.

With: With: Grace Chen, Belle Hsin, Sandrine Pinna, Waa, Kao Yi-ling, Niki Wu, Josephine Hsu, Jozie Lu, Cyndi Wang, Karena Lam.

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