A talented director, a surprising camera and an elegant staging are some of the attributes of this unforgettable piece that, despite its length, knows how to leave no indifference.

It is a linear story, without too many cerebral edges. He knows how to walk with elegance along the paths of family drama.

From surprise to surprise, the film does not hide its content intentions in front of a lower-middle-class Taiwanese family that tries to rebuild the life of their son in the middle of a society where some personal debts and behavioral outrages still prevail that drag the protagonist to a slavery that only one’s own will and affection can defeat.

The director knows how to work an intense drama, full of unexpected situations and surprising melodramatic turns. An intense narrative rhythm and an unexpected ending where certainty overcomes lucidity in search of one’s own guilt are fundamental elements of a convincing script, whose ending destroys the farce in which the protagonist is involved.

Chung Mong-hong knows how to reproduce the sensitivity of a complex, traumatic family in a world they cannot conquer. For this reason, his professional look imposes a sad, somber atmosphere. Loss, frustration and helplessness are experiences that the director deals with with an effective eye.

The cast, led by Chen Yi-Wen, knows how to impose the secrecy of their own insecurities and their unbalanced relationships, where non-verbal innuendo touches the dark side of the human condition.

Data sheet

Title in Spanish: The sun that embraces. Country: Taiwan. Year: 2019. Duration: 156 minutes. Director and script: Chung Mong-hong. Awards: Golden Horse, Taiwan International Film Festival Cast: Wu Chien-ho, Chen Yi-wen and Samantha Ko. Synopsis: A family tries to rebuild their lives, day by day, when their youngest son is released from prison. But it is at that moment that their real problems begin. Available on Netflix.

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