Beautiful first trailer for the Malaysian drama At the End of Daybreak from director Yuhang Ho that’s currently being screened (like most of this years interesting films) on the Locarno International Film Festival.
Malaysia, now. The 23-year-old Tuck Chai is dating Ying, a schoolgirl who isn’t yet 16. They probably met in an internet chatroom. Their parents know nothing about the illicit relationship…until Ying’s mother and father find birth-control pills in her room. That’s when their worlds start to shatter.
Tuck Chai lives with his mother, a woman who has never got over her husband abandoning her and moving in with her richer sister instead. Tuck Chai’s mother drinks too much, and doesn’t look after herself too well. But she would do anything for Tuck Chai. Anything at all. When Ying’s parents want to report Tuck Chai to the police (he will be charged with statutory rape for having sex with a minor), Tuck Chai’s mother pleads with them to settle out of court for cash compensation instead. They agree, and Tuck Chai’s mother demeans herself by turning to her ex-husband for a loan.
After receiving the money, Ying’s selfish parents decide that they want to go to the police regardless. Events become a blur. Ying tricks her parents and goes for a fateful meeting with Tuck Chai. The tensions between Tuck Chai and his mother become explosive. Before long, several lives are ruined and the police are involved after all…