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Chinese with English Subtitles, Mature Content
Wen, a teenager working the desk at a seedy seaside hotel, rents a room to an older man along with his companions: two young schoolgirls. Mia, one of the girls, and Wen are slowly engulfed by the events that follow that fateful night. The rising tide of responsibility moves through not just Wen and Mia but also through the many characters they come in contact with. From the unfit mother to the female lawyer working against an unjust system, to the boy-crazy hotel receptionist, each character speaks to cultural, generational and personal identities portrayed with a tacit, powerful ease. With restraint and respect, director Vivian Qu’s profound eye sails through a spectrum of social issues, dissecting power and powerlessness and the shifting roles of women in modern Chinese society.
Born and raised in Beijing and educated in NYC, Vivian Qu began her career as a producer to help share the voices of Chinese independent filmmakers. Expanding her career to include writing and directing, she has since found her own voice among the ranks.