Taiwan Film Days Festival 2010: No Puedo Vivir sin Ti – Review & Trailer

We are all familiar with the metaphorical phrase “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, but if you are going out of your way to see a film entitled No Puedo Vivir sin Ti (translation: I can’t live without you) with a genre classification stamped ‘drama’ to it, chances are you have a fair idea of what you are about to walk into; i.e., bring a tissue.

The film, which is stated at the beginning as being based on a true story, opens with a single father, Li Wu-hsiung balancing on top of a traffic overpass with his 7-year-old daughter in his arms and threatening to jump.  His repeated and desperate shouts of “This is an unfair society” will be the mantra to which the rest of this film is based.

If one is wondering how he wound up in such a situation, you need not worry too long.  Because in no time, the screen will go black, the words “Two weeks earlier” will appear, and we get to watch the drama unfold leading up to the overpass incident.

From the onset, we know that we are in for a tear-heavy affair.  How do I know this?  Because most dramas that involve a parent losing their child, which starts out showing how happy and dependent on each other they are, tend to end in misery.  The usual equation for such films is; the happier the relationship is portrayed at the start will equal the level of anguish the audience will be put through for majority of the film.

So, go ahead and prejudge this film as yet another melodramatic affair with toned-down enriched performances and documentary stylized digital footage, similar to that of Darren Aronofsky‘s, The Wrestler.  In fact, if your pre-judging assessment of this film resembles anything close to that of The Wrestler, than you’re actually not that far off… well, almost.  The one difference between these two films would be that little and yet somewhat important story-telling device called a script, to which No Puedo Vivir sin Ti is vastly inferior (Who knows, maybe something was lost in the translation, but I doubt it).

Okay, so comparing every drama I come across involving a father and daughter to The Wrestler is perhaps unfair, that’s a given.  But comparisons aside, No Puedo ultimately can be seen as a foreign language move made exclusively for the Lifetime channel.  That’s not a knock on the film, so much as it is a complement for those who can’t get enough Lifetime drama.

Showtimes for No Puedo Vivir sin Ti:

Sunday, October 24 – 2:00pm @Viz Cinema

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