Idealistic Aaron (Rhydian Vaughan), introverted Liam (Joseph Chang) and opportunistic Mabel (Lun-Mei Gwei) are high school misfits bound together by attraction, rebellion, and subversion. It’s 1985 in rural southern Taiwan and martial law has been in effect their entire lives. Mabel easily games the system while Aaron chafes under its restrictions. Quiet, closeted Liam supports their acts of defiance – and watches the two people he loves the most become a couple. Five years later in Taipei, Aaron emerges as a leader in the Wild Lily student movement and their devotion begins to wane. But the real heartbreak comes when writer/director Ya-Che Yang envisions them as compromised adults still clinging to their adolescent fears and desires. Brimming with soaring pop songs, the exquisitely filmed Girlfriend Boyfriend (Gf*Bf) views coming of age as an ongoing process, where the smallest sensation (the taste of bitter melon, the smell of camphor leaves) can awaken the pain and comfort of first love.
Review by Serena Donadoni
Released on August 3, 2012
Originally appeared in Indiewire.