Ah Bee’s life is a dull, monotonous one and he seems stuck in a rut. Then, one day, the opportunity arises to work at the new Tiong Bahru Social Club, a data-driven project to create the happiest neighbourhood in the world. His encounters with the neighbourhood’s residents and the authority that runs the place reveal the absurdity of life.
This candy-coloured satire flirts with Art Deco nostalgia set in Singapore’s most ‘gentrified’ district. With a sprinkle of The Truman Show and a dash of Black Mirror, though much less pretentious, this is an incisive subtle film, with humour as offbeat as it is caustic. Never has a futuristic dystopia been so heartwarming.
Cast: Thomas Pang, Goh Guat Kian, Jo Tan
Director: Tan Bee Thiam
Runtime: 89 mins
Language: Chinese, English, Malay, Tamil (English subtitles).
“There is no path to happiness. Happiness is the path.”
FRI 22 OCT – 7.15PM