Furthermore, Hu Jia made an incredibly progressive decision in choosing to depict a three-way romantic relationship in a part of the world that would typically frown on such behavior. What made the film, and his decision, possible is his ability to create very tasteful scenes depicting sex and love. Every moment is full of passion, sensuality, and innocence. The slow, charismatic music, and the way the camera precisely tracks each character’s movements strengthened the themes of passion and innocence and help draw on viewers’ emotions.
“…an incredibly progressive decision in choosing to depict a three-way romantic relationship in a part of the world that would typically frown on such behavior.”
The three young actors chosen for this film could not have been better cast. They are unsullied and exude innocence and vulnerability in each and every scene. Their ability to connect with one another, and to the audience, felt almost tangible. Their scenes together feel real and relatable and connect viewers to their story and their passion.
Hu Jia’s The Taste of Betel Nut creates a stunning story of love and innocence, and, yet, there is an edge to the story. The taboo sexual relationship between Bai, Li, and Ren intensifies the story and creates depth and character. The beautifully simple scenes, coupled with impeccable acting by the young talent, create an appealing spectacle for viewers. Hu Jia perfectly introduces forbidden themes, and, yet, creates an understandable and relatable product.
"…very tasteful scenes depicting sex and love."