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29 Ratings

Murmurs of the Heart

Nian nian

Directed by Sylvia Chang
Hong Kong, Taiwan, 2015


An artist reunites with her brother after the two were separated years ago when she left Liudau, an island off of Taiwan.

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Murmurs of the Heart Directed by Sylvia Chang

Awards & Festivals

Hong Kong Film Awards

2016 | 4 nominations including: Best Supporting Actress

Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards

2016 | 2 wins including: Film of Merit

2016 | 4 nominations including: Best Film

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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