My Daughter

  • 76'
  • Malaysia
  • 2009
The images of My Daughter have clearly been chosen meticulously. The dialogues are sparse and equally meticulously chosen, just as the whole film radiates this meticulous nature. Possibly because it is something so fragile. It's about a story that glows under the surface and is not allowed to emerge. About emotions that are hidden in the hope that they will be forgotten.
The film only has protagonists; supporting characters are kept offscreen. It's about a mother and daughter. Daughter Faye (the young Lai Fooi Mun) is still in her teens. In a functional family, she would be bored and irresponsible, but she doesn't have a chance to be, now she lives alone with her mother (Chua Thien See, who has played many leading roles in Malaysia). In this case it's the mother who is bored and irresponsible. She is the one who comes home drunk and has the wrong friends. She forces her daughter into a role she doesn't want and can't cope with. But there is also love alongside their hatred. Maybe precisely because of the difficult situation and the difficult relationship, the mother and daughter also find emotional support from each other.
The film was shot entirely on location in the historic Malakka, where the film maker grew up. The tourist side of the city is carefully kept offscreen. Realised with a contribution from the Hubert Bals Fund.



Director
Charlotte Lim Lay Kuen
Premiere
European premiere
Country of production
Malaysia
Production Year
2009
Festival Edition
IFFR 2010
Length
76'
Medium
Betacam Digi PAL
Original title
Li fa dian de nu er
Language
Mandarin
Producer
Yen San Michelle Lo
Production Company
Patio Films
Sales
Patio Films
Screenplay
Charlotte Lay Kuen Lim
Cinematography
Sung Wen-Chung
Editor
Kok Kai Foong
Production Design
Lee Tien-Chueh
Sound Design
Danny Coon Khai Shen
Music
Ng Chor Guan
Cast
Chua Thien See
Local Distributor
Hubert Bals Fund