Between the excessively lavish promotional video of the luxurious apartment district known as Diamond Island, and Bora’s impoverished village in the wilderness, the contrast could not be larger. Drawn by the allure of the still under construction project and the promise of being able to financially support his family, Bora leaves his village to become a construction worker at Diamond Island. Despite a multitude of friends, he attempts to escape his necessitous life when he runs into his long-lost brother Solei in the city. Solei introduces Bora to a newer, richer, more abundant way of life; one that is also substantially more emotionally detached. It’s in the shadows of the ritzy, titular flats where French-Cambodian director Davy Chou paints a thought-provoking picture about teens torn between working for much-needed money and just wanting to have fun.
“The sparkle in the eyes of teenagers trying to escape their rural background is entangled with compromising themselves in trying to achieve something that resembles their American Dream.” – Giulia Di Pietro, CinemAsia programmer