Anyone seen the movie “Small Station” 小站 by director Lin Chien-ping lately? It picked up an award for Best Short Film at Venice last year.
Just saw it today at the Taipei Filmhouse. It was short, but well written and filmed. Very simple story about a mother and her (mentally inhibited) son watching express trains fly by at a small station (Santiaolin). But in thirty minutes or so the director manages to capture that human and pure side of the duo and put that in contrast with the isolation they are in (literally speaking in the mountains, and figuratively speaking in society as ‘deviants’) More contrast is made between the hurtling express, with all its cold steel and enclosed carriages, and the slow, open carriage, which seems to carry a romantic sense of nostalgia and people engaged in very daily activities.
What do people think? Does it capture that very Taiwanese sense of nostalgia, love and life, which has won such local art-films much praise and prizes abroad?
Shame the movie is only shown for a week at the Taipei Filmhouse…