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Made in the spirit of Eric Rohmer’s “Six Moral Tales,” “Ariel and Olivia” is a romantic comedy in praise of Ah Lians, the Singaporean working class version of Valley Girls. Capturing the awkward dynamics of two high school girls and their clique on vacation in Malaysia, Singaporean writer-director Kan Lume pokes fun at teenage self-absorption but also empathizes with their trepidation as they transition to adulthood. Observing how a longtime puppy love runs its own course, the film leaves one feeling a sweet sadness, like seeing leftover candy floss melt on the floor. Even if this subtly disarming film may be overlooked by festivals or commercial audiences, Kan’s artful treatment of female characters and situation comedy suggests potential to connect in China, where his skills are in high demand.
Besties Ariel (Koh Jiaying) and Olivia (Mae Chu) want to go on holiday with each other before the college semester begins. »
- Maggie Lee
The party was meant to primarily celebrate “Chicago Fire” reaching its 100th episode which wrapped shooting recently and airs later this year. But it was the spinoff “Chicago Justice” that was the subject of much conversation (besides the Cubs heading to the World Series, of course).
Wolf mentioned that “Chicago Justice” will premiere after Christmas but has yet to announce its exact air date. When asked what “Chicago Justice” brings to the growing franchise, actress Monica Barbaro who will play a whip smart Assistant State’s Attorney said, “It’s a true procedural. You can pick up anywhere in the season. I don’t think the other shows do that. You have to really know the characters.”
- Angelica Bastién
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