Partners In Crime

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(out of 5)


Three boys, two of them friends and the other a perpetual loner, discover the dead body of a female classmate while walking home from school, apparently the result of a suicide from her apartment balcony.  They decide to team up and investigate her death, discovering clues that lead to the possibility that another classmate’s bullying was involved.  As the situation progresses and more bad things begin to happen, the young men are confused by contradictory evidence, jumbled up even more by the influence of social media commentary that greatly affects the way that they and the victim are perceived by their peers.  What could be a fun and involving caper, even without the deference due to the serious thematic issues that are being touched upon, is actually an exploitative exercise that can barely hide its shallow trashiness with the overly stylized visuals.  Compare it with something like the masterful Poetry by Lee Chang-dong, which begins from a similar situation, and you have an even worse reminder that any story can be undone by a lack of sympathy from its storyteller.


Taiwan, 2014

Directed by Jung-chi Chang

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Film Editing by


Toronto International Film Festival:  2014


Partners In Crime

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