Love Late In Life (Film Thoughts: Suk Suk)

suk‘Suk Suk’ is a precious gem of a movie. I have seen so many gay movies, and most of the time they are all about young gay life. But Ray Yeung’s tenderly poignant film explores love late in life. I mean, it happens, right? Tai Bo plays Tak, a seventy years old taxi driver in the cusp of retirement. He has finally acted on his repressed sexual orientation, but mostly at public bathrooms. That’s when he meets Hoi, ands the two of them start a relationship. But both of them are trapped between what they feel for each other and each’s familial obligations. Yeung treats the stories with a lot of tenderness, and never puts everything in your face, relying on subtle nods. When we see the two men finally connect with each other, we feel their pain, but we feel how they are trapped in their situations as well, and we know that it probably will never last. I found myself deeply touched by the story,  probably because it explores themes of loneliness. Maybe because I am not that far from that age as well, and wonder how my life would be at that point in my life. The actors are all wonderful, and I understand Yeung and Bo have won multiple awards for their work in the film.  I hope this film reaches a more mainstream audience as it is a story that deserves to be heard.

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