Drifting Flowers  {Piao Lang Qing Chun}
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Drifting Flowers
Piao Lang Qing Chun

Taiwan, 2007, 97 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: AIDS / HIV, Asian / Pacific Islander, Drama, Gay, Lesbian, Parenting / Family
Program: World Cinema
Language: Taiwnese


Taiwanese director Zero Chou (Spider Lilies, Frameline31) offers up three subtle, interwoven lesbian tales of the lost and found nature of love. The first segment opens with a fragile domestic bliss cobbled together by Jing (Serena Fang), a beautiful, blind nightclub singer, and her younger sister Meigo (Pai Chih-ying). Butch accordionist Chalkie (the striking Chao Yi-lan) upsets the balance by falling for Jing and inspiring Meigo’s first big crush. To offer Meigo a more secure future, Jing is convinced to place her in foster care with a wealthy family, causing Meigo to rage with jealousy and betrayal and risk losing both of the women she loves.
The middle story belongs to Lily (Lu Yi-ching), an Alzheimer’s patient endlessly searching in her disintegrating memory for her lost lover, Ocean. When Yen (Sam Wang), her sham husband from long ago, leaves his unfaithful boyfriend and comes to visit with his own suitcase of troubles, Lily often mistakes him for the butch Ocean returned, and the two wounded friends build on a sympathy they’ve always shared.
The final segment follows Chalkie, coming of age with best pal Yen and coming to terms with her repulsion at her own budding body and her complicated feelings for girls. She meets the young Lily and both claim their futures, which arrive in unexpected ways. — CAROL HARADA

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APIQWTC - Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women & Transgender Coalition


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