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112 minutes · 2017

Drama, Romantic comedy
This cloying Taiwanese romantic comedy is painful to watch despite the attractive young couple at its center. A marketing executive for a frozen foods company (Ariel Lin), dumped by her fiance, hears her biological clock ticking and freezes her ova for storage until that far-off day when she might settle down; then, after a thoroughly unconvincing meet-cute, she falls for a hotshot farm-to-table chef (Rhydian Vaughan) who doesn't want kids. Scattered throughout are insufferably long fantasy sequences in a fertility lab where actors costumed as eggs and sperm fret about abandonment. The narrative is frequently incoherent, but there’s no mistaking the movie’s anti-abortion, pro-conception message, presumably a reaction to Taiwan's low birth and marriage rates. Tien-Yu Fu directed his own script. In Mandarin with subtitles.

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