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第36個故事 (Taipei Exchanges)
dir. Hsiao Ya-chuan
Taiwan, 2010, 82 minutes
Mandarin, with English sub-titles

River Building Theatre, Carleton University, Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 7:00 pm
Presented in collaboration with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada, the Canadian Film Institute is pleased to present this excellent example of the cinema of Taiwan. This event is offered free to the general public.

"Doris's Café is a homey space where people could relax and enjoy the smoothing afternoon sun and daydreaming. The aroma of coffee and home-baked desserts fills the air. The café is meant to be as elegant as its owner, Doris, but has been turned upside down by her sister, Josie. Ignoring Doris's protest, Josie starts exchanging goods with costumers in the shop. Objects of various kinds begin to accumulate; discarded by their previous owners, they prove to be treasures in the eyes of others. The activity of swapping goods upstages Doris's coffee-making and becomes the biggest attraction of the shop.
 
"One day a man walks in by chance. He loves brownie with espresso and that happens to be Doris's favourite combination as well. He brings 35 bars of soaps from 35 different cities in the hope of trading them for something special. Every time he comes in he orders a cup of coffee and tells a story of one of the soaps. These exotic tales fill Doris's mind with beautiful images and she materialises them in her paintings.
 
"In the end, Doris is willing to swap her heart for these enchanting tales - she longs to see these cities with her own eyes... During the process of this exchange, what exactly does the man get from the soaps on which his memories are engraved?" (Official synopsis)
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