‘Twilight’s Kiss’ assessment: A young Hong Kong homosexual love story

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Though quite a few movies and TV reveals have featured older LGBTQ {couples} — “Cloudburst,” “Love Is Unusual,” “Vicious” and the present “Supernova,” to call a number of — the Hong Kong locale of “Twilight’s Kiss” makes writer-director Ray Yeung’s gently observant, deliberately-paced drama about two ageing homosexual males really feel uniquely profound.

Pak (Tai Bo) is a realistic 70-year-old taxi driver on the cusp of semi-retirement. He’s married to the bitter and suspicious Ching (Au Ga Man Patra), with whom he has two youngsters and a candy grandchild (with a second on the way in which). It’s been a easy, contained life apart from one factor: his furtive attraction to males. However he has stayed closeted due not solely to societal and generational constraints, however due to the satisfaction and luxury he’s loved as a household man.

Enter Hoi (Ben Yuen), whom Pak tries — unsuccessfully — to select up whereas cruising within the native park. The kindly, livelier Hoi is 65, retired, lengthy divorced, and lives together with his inflexible, devoutly Christian son, Wan (Lo Chun Yip), and Wan’s spouse and younger daughter. Hoi can be closeted to his household however has rather more expertise than Pak within the homosexual world together with being a part of the Mature Tongzhi Society, a supportive circle of senior homosexual males.

Pak and Hoi meet up once more and slowly enter into a young and joyful romance, stuffed with small adventures and stolen moments, although the shadow of secrecy and familial strain looms massive. Can these two kindred spirits by some means discover a path to long-term happiness?

Viewers hoping for a definitive reply could also be disillusioned, even for those who can extrapolate one or two choices from the closing shot.

Some may additionally want this low-key movie spent extra time with Pak and Hoi collectively than it does with them aside. But this strategy lends the story a type of mosaic high quality, successfully fleshing out our protagonists vis-a-vis their mates, relations and residential lives. How Pak tends his beloved cab speaks volumes.

The film additionally gives a vivid view of Hong Kong and its environs, with a discreet peek into town’s homosexual social scene. Tremendous performances throughout as nicely.

‘Twilight’s Kiss’

In Cantonese with English subtitles

Not rated

Working time: 1 hour, 32 minutes

Enjoying: Begins Feb. 19, Laemmle Digital Cinema; additionally on PVOD

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