Increasing Echo
Taiwan / 2021 / 85 min
In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles
Busan International Film Festival

For those itching to see Chienn Hsiang’s follow-up to his award-winning directorial debut of Exit, the seven-year wait is finally over. The Taiwanese filmmaker’s sophomore feature revolves around Mrs Yan, an er-bourgeois Taipei taitai who hugs trees, hums hymns and hit singing bowls to maintain some kind of mental equilibrium. Such pretensions of tranquility could never mask her anguish over the expose of her husband’s extra-marital affair from years ago. When she learns of his ex-mistress’ slide into dementia, she thinks this will be her triumphant closure — never to imagine this would unleash the most challenging test yet in her journey towards nirvana. A powerful meditation of middle-age, middle-class anxiety set in the middle of an epidemic, Increasing Echo offers a crescendo of emotions via Chienn’s poetic transformation of estrangement into beauty, and Chen’s masterful evocation of a woman navigating the mysterious ways of modern life.

Chienn Hsiang
Chen Shiang-chyi
Chen Yi-wen
* 31/10 12:30PM Broadway Cinematheque
04/11 8:00PM MOViE MOViE Cityplaza