Two boys, Li Ahh and Li Ohm, grow up motherless. Their father, Sui, is a workaholic who shuts himself out of the world. The boys’ quest to reach out to their father leads them to adopt a puppy. But when the animal is sent away for being a nuisance, the boys are devastated. For the first time, Sui realizes that all his children ask is simply to love and be loved.
This is one of those sweet indie movies that you would enjoy for its simplicity, the small things in life and down to earth realism. Liew Seng Tat, the director, writer and editor, has done a marvelous job in showcasing two young brothers and their everyday antics in an unsophisticated town. The composition is artistic, the acting natural and the storyline flows with ease. It is poignant, funny and heartwarming. And it makes you feel tingly all over.
The boys and their father hardly spend any time together due to the nature of their father’s job. This is a movie with a clear message of innocence being scrutinized and misconstrued as defiance by adults. If anything, the director/writer must have had some fairly similar experience or his comprehension of a child’s mind is admirable.
Some of the memorable scenes include their friendship with a girl known as Atan who brings them home for lunch one day and how their names are glamorized by her mother, and then there was the fish incident which makes one think of eating fish again and how the two boys prepare their strange concoction which is to be their dinner.
James Lee, a well known director and writer, plays the somber looking, anti-social and overworked father with credible dedication. The three children certainly steals the entire show.
Director: Seng Tat Liew
Writer: Seng Tat Liew
Stars: Zi Jiang Wong, Ming Wei Lim, James Lee
Language: Malay | Mandarin | English | Cantonese
Release Date: 3 May 2008 (USA)
Also Known As: Eine Blume in der Tasche
Filming Locations: Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 2
File size : 3.12 GiB
Duration : 1 h 37 min
Overall bit rate : 4 584 kb/s