DRIFTING FLOWERS (Zero Chou, Taiwan). 97 minutes. Subtitled. Tuesday (May 20), 7:30 pm, Isabel Bader. Rating: NNN
Three stories are woven together in the enigmatic but weirdly effective Drifting Flowers.
An eight-year-old gets jealous when her blind sister falls for a butch accordion player (Chao Yi-lan). Lily (Lu Yi-Ching) copes with Alzheimer’s as her friend adjusts to his HIV status. And, in the third strand, a younger Lily falls in love with a teenaged Diego.
Drifting Flowers is an apt title; the film meanders at times, and the changing settings get a little confusing. Terribly translated subtitles don’t help.
But the film has a strange beauty and opens a window onto a culture seldom seen on film.