THIS DARLING LIFE is a journey in search of dogs’ best friends that evolves into a discovery of the essences of life. Stripped of all pretences, the film is a naked piece of testimonial to love. It is an alternative non-mainstream Hong Kong film that connects and excites people. A documentary that does not follow rules, it has a narrative, it is a poem. A dog movie it seems, yet it is really about people. Most interestingly, people are talking about it, creating a ripple effect, especially after the Hong Kong Asian Film Screening in 2008. The documentary opens up with the director’s feelings towards the slow torturous sickness and eventual death of her dog Baby, her companion of sixteen years. It meanders into a quest about life, death and love, unraveling her discovery of the jewels she finds along her path. You might pour your heart out, (it has made men cry) but it’s not sad. It’s like the spring dew, cleansing and rejuvenating. Difficult and reflective, but it’s also hilarious at times. It’s a DARLING LIFE.