Sound Of Silence

Sound Of Silence

When we were young, our caregivers were our entire world. But today, this castle is fragile. It can easily crumble because of many circumstances.

Ten-year-old Kwong is a Primary 5 student who has to contend with “Internal assessment for Secondary Places” and parents who constantly argue. He is at a loss. Kwong loves everything related to space. It’s a pity that his parents don’t have time to share his passion of the universe. His grandma, who lives alone, is always patient and happy to learn about his world.

Grandma passes away suddenly, but Kwong doesn’t shed a tear. He becomes obsessed with the story behind Pluto. To him, Pluto is forgotten because it was downgraded and no longer considered a planet. He’s unhappy.

Kwong suffers from insomnia. At night, when he looks at the boundless sky, he feels secure, as if many friends are talking to him. Kwong believes that aliens will appear and take him to Pluto, where he will meet Grandma again. He keeps all this to himself.

To his parents, Kwong is just a naughty boy. They have no inkling that Kwong may be experiencing emotional problems.

One day, Kwong disappears. His younger sister discovers an astronaut stuffed toy; Kwong doesn’t know how to express his emotions and anxieties, so he recorded everything into the toy. His parents follow clues from the recording and rush to where they first won the toy.

The acronym for “Sound of Silence” is SOS. SOS in morse code follows the rhythm of three short dots, three long dashes and three short dots, a familiar trope in crying for help.

Sometimes adults forget children are recent arrivals on this earth, like aliens appearing in their purest form. Here they embark on an adventure. They only want to know what it means to be human.

Directed by Yan Yan Mak (Hong Kong)

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