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Like Littlerock, writer-director Mike Ott's previous film, Pearblossum Hwy focuses on twentysomethings who are unwillingly stuck living in a secluded California desert town. Economic limitations weigh heavily upon their situations because without decent employment opportunities they cannot afford to move elsewhere. Besides, no matter how much they hate it, this is where their only family roots are grounded... Anna (Atsuko Okatsuka) lives with her aunt (Sumiko Muto) and uncle (Mio Takada). They are traditional Japanese adults who stress the importance of studying and working hard. Anna is preparing to take the U.S. citizen exam and she works at uncle's nursery, but her first priority is raising enough money to visit her ailing grandmother in Japan. We can only assume that the paychecks from the nursery are not enough to cover Anna's airfare to Japan, so it comes as no surprise when her other occupation is revealed. Anna hates »

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