Typhoon Ellen approaches. As the humidity presses upon Hong Kong’s vertical sprawl, residents of an apartment complex battle with swarms of flies that have mysteriously invaded their homes.
Against the backdrop of a teeming, impersonal city, A Breath Away interweaves the stories of three households on the eighteenth floor of the apartment building. Separated by the cement walls of their apartments, the tenants lead a life of near anonymity, negotiating the fine line between privacy and loneliness.
The growing number of flies only provides a distraction from each family’s reality—the loss of love, unspeakable secrets, and the longing to connect that invisibly binds them together. As Typhoon Ellen batters the city, knocking out electricity and leaving the residents engulfed in darkness, each family? will emerge from its isolation and see the world in a new light.
Weaving the stories of these three family units through a landscape rich in metaphor, A Breath Away gives a poignant and accurate portrayal of modern life where one can be alone even in a crowd of people.
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