Film

Small Talk

Ri Chang Dui Hua

Married off at a young age —as was customary in Taiwan in the 1970s— and had two children, Anu soon divorced her husband and raised her daughters alone. Since then her only romantic relationships have been with women. It’s considered taboo in Taiwanese culture to question a mother’s love, but that’s exactly the topic of her daughter, Hui-Chen Huang’s intimate portrait. The two women discuss loneliness, trust and abuse. Hui-chen attempts to understand her mother by also talking to her mother’s siblings and ex-lovers. In doing so, she paints a picture of the changing lives and conditions for three generations of women in Taiwan.