Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2017. Go to TIFF 2017 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.
A brilliantly told tale full of emotional angst that also reflects China’s unknown beach culture. The huge statue of Marilyn Monroe at the beach which is finally taken down for repair serves as a metaphor of the film’s broken characters in need for a better life.
It all begins when a seedy hotel worker witnesses on closed circuit camera a man trying to force himself into the room rented by schoolgirls. An assault occurs and the cops are trying to pin the crime on Commissioner Lu. Lu is rich and has connections with money and the local mob. Writer/director Qu weaves an engrossing tale involves multiple layers, all of whom have something to hide.
The truth of Chinese culture where what appears on the surface is always unclear is clearly reflected by the goings-on. Broken marriages, hotel fronts, the under-aged sex trade and illegal employment are just a few issues on display here.
The actress playing the attorney, the super-efficient, caring and brilliant mind steals the show. Top marks credited to all departments in this excellent and powerful debut by Vivian Qu, a film force now to be reckoned with.