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Your Name Engraved Herein / 刻在你心底的名字

This one hurt 😦


Release date: December 23, 2020
Director: Patrick Kuang-Hui Liu
Language: Mandarin

Who should watch this movie: Senior gays. Folks who went to a military school, or boarding school. 

When should you watch this movie: When you have a strange dream about your first love. 

The sell: Nothing is more beautiful than young love and nothing is more destructive. These polarities are perfectly tuned to heartbreaking effect in this film, which follows high school best friends through the complexities of love and attraction. Set in Taiwan just after martial law has been lifted, the protagonist duo have much against them, but nothing so daunting or dangerous as their own feelings. This film perfectly situates their love story in the context of a changing political climate in 80s Taiwan. The growing pains of social change occur in tandem with the boys own growth and admittance of their desire. Intertwined are themes of religious trauma, familial piety, toxic masculinity, and youth – all of which come together in a sometimes overwhelming wave, not unlike the wave of emotions overwhelming the main characters. Scenes are shot with soft light and a close camera, enhancing the sense of intimacy which permeates the entire film. This movie made me realize that if I’m ever going to find love, I have to get a scooter first. 


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