Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival: Familial bonds are strong in When Love Comes
At the start of When Love Comes, Laichun (Yi-Jie Li) seems like any other 16-year-old girl—whiny and ungrateful, with a penchant for wearing Adidas. But as the daughter of a concubine living with her two mothers, two siblings, grandfather, father, and mentally challenged uncle, it goes without saying that Laichun has some pretty distorted views on familial relationships and love.
Things change for Laichun when she becomes pregnant and her boyfriend disappears from the picture, leaving Laichun to fend for herself and try to patch up the relationship with her estranged family. Writer-director Tso-Chi Chang’s Golden Horse Award-winning drama for Best Film at the 2010 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival doesn’t just focus on Laichun’s teenage woes. When Love Comes looks into the generational differences of a dysfunctional polygamous family, and in turn asks questions relevant to families around the world: “What happens when a child’s lifestyle doesn’t align with his or her parents’ views?”, and “How should love be defined?”
Chang doesn’t give the audience the answers, but in the quietest moments of the film—a scene where Laichun sits alone by the river, a flock of white pigeons swirling overhead against grey skies—the pregnant young woman’s expression is finally one of peace.
Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival presents When Love Comes on Saturday (June 30) at 6:30 p.m.
Watch the trailer for When Love Comes.