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Critics reviews
Murmurs of the Heart
Sylvia Chang Hong Kong, 2015
Chang’s oblique approach to the narrative is bewildering at first, but as the relationships and family history become clear, and a dash of magic is thrown in, the film becomes a mesmerizing fable of family love across time, with some of Chang’s most striking imagery and a first-rate performance from Leong, making her return to cinema after a decade in retirement.
May 18, 2018
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With this deft, clear filmmaking that weaves serenely if not quite convincingly between the art-house and the multiplex, Murmur of the Hearts glows fine and full of characters who think and feel and whose storyteller treats them with intelligent, attentive empathy.
September 18, 2015
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This fluid-but-conventional drama is the kind of movie that’s carried mostly on the strength of its grace notes.
September 15, 2015
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Sylvia Chang’s newest film is the illustrious actress-director-writer-producer’s best since Siao Yu (1995). Murmur of the Hearts is a sophisticated family drama whose emotional force sustains a narrative of ambitious power and range… Murmur of the Hearts’ gorgeous cinematography and lush soundscape create a palpably beautiful environment of nostalgia, longing, and mystery where past, present, fantasy and reality mingle to impressive effect.
September 09, 2015
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The film’s structure is a little overcomplicated, but it makes its points about failed parenting and damaged lives with real emotional clout.
June 05, 2015
Set extensively on Taiwan’s Lyudao, a prison island with strong metaphorical resonance, the film represents an impressive comeback for Macanese actress Isabella Leong with an engrossing emotional arc, though its magical-realist touches, including phantoms and mermaids, are a tad forced.
March 21, 2015
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