The story advances quickly into a major turning point early in the film. Jia Ler’s reckless self becomes his undoing when he ends up in a cast and his need for help in the shower breaks the ice between Terry and himself. In the awkwardness of both characters being stuck in the shower, Anthony, the director skillfully manoeuvres the situation from one of silent tension to one that is suddenly warm and fuzzy, and adds in a dash of adult humour as well. What is apparent by now is that this film is rigorous in its realist approach to telling the story, from the straight-talking characters who sometimes matter-of-factly sprout social taboos to the intimate handheld camera work. The director’s confident sense of humour, which surfaces in bouts of situational comedy throughout the film also lends a worldly-wise and mature view of what are inherently serious issues that the characters face. In short, the film eschews the melodramatic and the indulgent for the sweetly-sardonic (pardon the oxy-moron).
Written by SINdie