THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. WE STRONGLY ADVISE THAT YOU WATCH THE FILM FIRST.
‘Unspoken‘ …an experimental film by Yunqing Fu. Like most experimental films this one too tends to be impenetrable.
There could be many arrays of meaning that could come out of ‘Unspoken’ and one can only guess what the director wanted to transmit. Could be a love story with all its stages: the partners discovering each other, the trust that builds between the two, the confession between them, then the falling apart. I guess it depends on each one’s power of giving it an interpretation.
We might get it wrong, but we like to see in this film a couple coming together that have to deal with some issue of hers that she confesses (could be a disease, depression or trauma) – we chose the disease version – because of which she is very depressed (so actually we chose two of the versions). We interpreted that she is asking him to possibly end her life and when he refuses she breaks up with him.
Eventually after going through a strong inner conflict, he decides to help her and grant her wish, thing which will haunt him for the rest of his days. However, the ending could symbolize the peace she has found. The last shot leaves you with lots of questions but somehow suggests – through a certain image – that ‘Unspoken’ is a kind of a story about an ‘inside-out’ or an ‘upside-down’ love.
Beyond trying to find a logical explanation for the metaphorical making of it, ‘Unspoken’ surely delivers an emotion – one of uncertainty, haunting thoughts and inability or hard ability to deal with choices.
If you’re curious what we mean, have a look and twist your own mind to it.