TIFF 2017 Movie Review: SHUTTLE LIFE (Malaysia 2017) ***1/2

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2017. Go to TIFF 2017 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

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A poor family struggles to cope with tragedy and mental illness in a fractured society.


Tan Seng Kiat

Shot around Kuala Lumpur, the capital of West Malaysia in Mandarin, English, Malay and a bit of Cantonese, all these languages of which are spoken by the people there, SHUTTLE LIFE is family drama.

Teenage son, Zi (Jack Tan) is living in a small flat with his mentally ill mother (Taiwanese actress Sylvia Chang in a very unglamorous and admirable role) and younger sister. He has low education, not completed his high school ‘A’ Levels nor a proper job. He hangs out with friends that drink and break into cars for odd change.

He shuttles around on his bike trying to make ends meet for is mother and little sitter. But a bike accident on his sister’s birthday causing her death with him unable to retrieve her body leads him to his limit.

SHUTTLE LIFE is a film with no happy ending but one that offers audiences on the lives of many who are stuck with poverty and unhappiness. Tan’s uncompromising film is scary, well-shot and unfortunately very real.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYYzxBhn-OE

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