Competition Narrative Features
The Taiwan Oyster
DIRECTED BY MARK JARRETT
USA, 2012, 108 MIN
IN ENGLISH AND MANDARIN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
“I feel like I am a bit player in someone else’s life,” ex-pat Simon says early in this appealing road film. Sooner than he expects, he becomes a lead actor in his own story as he and his friend (and fellow kindergarten teacher) Darin steal the corpse of a fellow American and set off across Taiwan to give him the burial they believe he deserves. Before they even escape with the body, the morgue receptionist joins them and she becomes a guide, an observer, and a participant in the adventure. This is a road movie so well put together that it becomes a trip we might all want to take. Funny, thoughtful, and compelling, the fine cast is well supported by the cinematography, the setting, the culture of rural Taiwan, and an amazing soundtrack. Affectionately directed by Mark Jarrett, this tale of discovery and self-discovery engages, amuses, and even makes us think.