While wandering around a recycling depot, a homeless man finds a video camera with a tape still inside it. Captivated by its images of a happy family, he decides to claim the family as his own and tells his tale to the surreal collection of people he meets throughout his daily life. Most of the characters in Singing Chen's unusual and delicate debut film are dreamers, drifters, and derelicts--homeless people and misfits sleeping in abandoned buildings or under bridges, a strange old lady trading dreams, a young novelist assailed by inner voices, a singer. Is this just a dream, a novel no one wants to read, or a cruel true-life news story? 2000, Taiwan, in Taiwanese and Mandarin with English subtitles, 16mm, color, 75 minutes.
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