Somewhere I Have Never Travelled (2009)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - Taiwan  |  
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Two social outcasts long for a world in which they don't stand out in this drama from Taiwan. Ah-Guei is a fifteen-year-old girl who comes from a family of misfits -- her father is intellectually challenged and cleans streets for a living, while her grandfather is a neighborhood character known for his short temper. While Ah-Guei seems like a happy and well-adjusted girl on the surface, she was born color-blind and cannot see red or green, a seemingly minor disability but one that sets her apart from her classmates. Ah-Guei's most trusted confidante is her twenty-year-old cousin Ah-Xian, who dreams of traveling the world and owns a large collection of maps and books on exotic locales. But Ah-Xian has his own secret -- he's gay, and has never been able to find another man with whom he can have a happy relationship. Ah-Guei and Ah-Xian both share a dream of going away to a place where they won't seem like outsiders, but while Ah-Xian's desire is to move to New York City, Ah-Guei imagines a fantasy world where the colors she cannot see do not exist. The first feature film from director Fu Tien-Yu, Dai Wo Qu Yuan Fang (aka Somewhere I Have Never Traveled) was an official selection at the 2009 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.