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quietearth [Celluloid 03.18.09] movie news drama

Warp X out of Britain is killing it, what with producing films like Mark Tonderai's Hush (review coming soon, it's awesome folks), Donkey Punch, and the upcoming inside road-trip comedy Bunny and the Bull. So it's no surprise when I just ran across their most recent which is also in post-production called She, A Chinese. It's the debut feature of novelist and documentary maker Xiaolu Guo whose personal website you can explore here. In the filmmakers own words: "I [...] wanted to make a film with a strong attitude coming from the younger generation in modern China, speaking about the contemporary issues among young people in a globalized world." Sounds good to me.

It tells the story of MEI, a young Chinese woman, who leaves her monotonous village life behind for the excitement of the nearest big city, Chongqing. However, life there doesn't quite turn out as she expected it; fired from her factory job, she falls in love with SPIKEY, a hit man whose own past soon catches up with him. A random decision finds Mei in London, where she marries an elderly man, MR HUNT. A new life begins for Mei, trapped in the silence of Mr Hunt's house, feeling alienated and bored. Mei's frustration at life with Mr Hunt leads her into an affair with RACHID, an Indian immigrant who runs a local take away restaurant, and she moves into the backroom of the restaurant to live with him. Rachid decides to return to his own country, leaving Mei pregnant and alone, facing an uncertain future.

Stills of the colorful and involved variety after the break.

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