WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW?
Directed by Arvin Chen
Official Selection, 2013 Berlin International Film Festival
Official Selection, 2013 Tribeca International Film Festival
Oh my! Weichung, once a regular on the gay circuit, now runs an optometry shop and has a loving wife and adorable six-year-old son. His vision gets recalibrated when Thomas, a sexy flight attendant from Hong Kong, strolls into his shop with slicked-back hair and a boyish smile. Ooh-wee! Meanwhile, Weichung’s former compadre Stephen reintroduces the “happy” husband to his old gay haunts. And then there’s Weichung’s sister Mandy, who starts putting ideas into his head about why marriage might not be the best route for the restless. What’s a gay man to do?
These are all ingredients for a repressed-love tragedy, but in Taiwanese American director Arvin Chen’s hands, they’re a swirly delight of subtle comedy and smiling color. As in Chen’s previous Au Revoir Taipei (SDAFF ’10), WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW? envisions a Taiwan where walls, costumes, and props are joyously arranged to create a colorful candyland in which dilemmas like infidelity or identity are just a magical realist touch away from transcendence. But even more than Chen’s last romance, this one coalesces that wistful energy into a way of seeing, even improving, the world with a kind of just-impossible bliss. In this universe, pop stars (like Richie Jen, Mavis Fan, and Stone of Mayday) are big dorks and everyday Janes are a karaoke song away from superstardom. From the MGM musical opening credits to the slow-motion finale, Chen makes us all happy suckers for love. Whoo-hoo! –Brian Hu