Director: Hsiang Chienn
Cast: Shiang-Chyi Chen, Easton Dong, Ming-Hua Pai, An-Shun Yu, Chen-Ling Wen
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Taiwan 2014 94 mins.
Released by Facet Film Distribution
'A sensitive, compelling and emotional portrait of a woman who finds a way to escape loneliness, Shiang-Chyi Chen gives a superb performance.'
Featuring an award winning central performance by Tsai Ming-Liang’s muse, Chen Shiang-Chyi, Exit is the triumphant directorial debut from celebrated cinematographer Chienn Hsiang.
Exit unfolds around a diagnosis of early-onset menopause. Ling (Chen), 45, a garment worker, finds herself struggling with middle age when dealing with a rebellious teenage daughter, a hospitalised mother-in-law, and an absent husband.
Desperate to escape her mundane life, she becomes aware of an injured man with bandaged eyes in the hospital bed opposite her mother-in-law. Her increasingly intimate interactions with this stranger promise to rekindle Ling’s dormant desire, leading to a series of out-of-character episodes.
Flashed with moments of black humour, Exit is a genuine portrait of a woman trapped between two generations, balancing her desire against conforming to social expectations.