day off

Day Off

Directed by Tien-yu Fu
Taiwan | 2023 | Narrative
105 minutes

For the vast majority of people, getting a haircut is an essential task to which we rarely give a second thought. However, it’s the intense subject of Fu Tien-Yu’s latest film, “Day Off.” Through exploring this often mundane chore, the director delves into the relationships and social interactions of everyday life and ponders their importance over time. For forty years, A-Rui has been running a barbershop, a small place where she has seen it all. She faces all the troubles in life with full commitment to her work. One day, A-Rui receives a phone call from a regular client who moved far away. A-Rui decides to close her shop for a day and embarks on a long journey to cut the hair for the bedridden old man. This sweet, contemplative film explores themes of aging and the always fluid family dynamic.