– 4 out of 5 stars
Sandcastle is a coming-of-age film about En, who, while waiting to be enlisted, experiences a series of events that may alter his life’s perspective. He learns that his father was a student activist in the 1950s, his mother starts seeing another man, he becomes closer to his grandparents and observes how his grandfather planned his life around his wife who has Alzheimer’s disease.
It seems a lot to be going for a couple of months but that’s life – when it rains, it pours. I guess the parts that touched me most were those scenes involving En and his grandparents. I guess it hit a little too close to home. I suppose En was curious about his father’s past because little has been mentioned of him and it makes you wonder how come teenagers 50 years ago seem to have more more drive and aspiration than teenagers (and maybe, young adults) nowadays. We are so engrossed in the world of technology that we ignore those not connected, and gradually lose the connections that matter. It seems a little wasted that En was disrupted by a phone call while his grandfather was telling him about the days when En’s father was a student activist. Technology can be a killer sometimes. One of my favourite scenes involves En and his childhood bolster. Awww… the smell of the childhood bolster is unbeatable.
I have a thing about coming-of-age films and I kinda like this one because there’s the Singaporean perspective involved and I’ve always liked the exploration of the grandparent-grandchildren relationship.
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