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Dear Ex (2018)Dear Ex (2018)

Dear Ex (2018)

A heart-wrenching tale of love and hate

Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4

movie

Taiwan

Mandarin

Discussion-sparking, Dramatic, Emotional

2018

Chih-Yen Hsu, Female director

Ai-Lun Kao, Clover Kao, Danny Liang

99 min

Synopsis

When Sanlian's ex-husband passes away, she discovers he has altered his insurance policy, cutting out their son in favor of a stranger named Jay.

Our Take

7.4
Oppie A

Dear Ex is a family drama that explores LGBT+ issues in contemporary Taiwan. As much as it is a movie about how people cope with loss, it’s a powerful, heartwarming, and intimate portrait of the relationship between Jay and Song Zhengyuan and all the obstacles they face.

While the themes of Dear Ex are heavy, the director makes the viewing experience easier for the audience thanks to humorous and witty dialogue. Meanwhile, the history between Jay and Song Zhengyuan’s relationship unfolds in a very beautiful, almost poetic way, and by the end of the movie, we understand that everyone gets their own kind of forgiveness. The way the characters effortlessly show that love is something beyond genders is admirable, and it is great to see how everyone gets their own kind of forgiveness whether it’s from themselves or from others by the end of the movie.

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