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Three Sisters on Moon Lake (2001)

Three young Chinese-Canadian sisters, with a fertile imagination and living in poverty in the East end of Toronto, discover a dead rat, poisoned by their Mother, in their basement and this ... See full summary »

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My Anh Tran ...
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Ling-Sau Chung ...
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Stephanie Padua ...
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Christopher Tai ...
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Three young Chinese-Canadian sisters, with a fertile imagination and living in poverty in the East end of Toronto, discover a dead rat, poisoned by their Mother, in their basement and this sets off a chain of events that lead to devastating results. The film is about sisterly bonds and the beauty and the tragedy of the imagination. Written by J Kwan

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An extremely well executed short film.
2 April 2002 | by (Chicago, USA) – See all my reviews

Narrative short films are difficult works of art to carry off. Unlike, feature films they require a rare kind of precision to register on us emotionally or intellectually. This beautiful short film by Julia Kwan is a nearly perfect example of the form. The film is, in fact, so breathtakingly accomplished as narrative that I long to see Kwan develop into a major filmmaker. The story told in a concise twenty two minutes explores the lives of three Chinese-canadian sisters who become obsessed with the corpse of a rat that their mother has killed. Kwans mastery at visual storytelling and at working with the young actors is amazing considering this is only her second film. The glorious cinematography is by the very talented, Dylan McLeod, who shot Clement Virgo's LOVE COME DOWN. If this film is ever playing at a festival near you check it out. You will not be disappointed.


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