A father and his daughter spend a day planning a trip with a sailboat. Time passes gently as the father remembers their past days together. As the boat makes its way along the river, the past, the present, and the future become a gentle stream of consciousness. Memories of childhood overlap with the bittersweet autumnal taste of a life that mirrors itself on the shiny and glittering water of a river on a lazy afternoon. Nothing happens and time seems to stand still. Like a silent bridge over distant generations, the boat and the river become the instruments of a sentimental journey through the gaps of their mutual existence. Audrey Lam achieves to capture the unspoken tenderness that binds her to her father in manners reminiscent of the films of Edward Yang and Hou Hsiao-hsien. The circularity of life crossfades with the act of filming thus becoming a spiritual path that leads into the future. While the past softly lingers on like a peripheral vision, the day ends. The director touches on universal truths with a keen understanding of human longing and acceptance.
Giona A. Nazzaro