A lonely middle-aged woman dines alone in a Chinese restaurant on her birthday. She pays close attention to the other patrons, imagining their relationships and personal situations. She ... See full summary »

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Celia Nufaar ...
Aagt
Eveline Wu ...
Chinese daughter
Nucheng Lu ...
Chinese mother
Vincent van de Akker ...
Man (as Vincent van den Akker)
Natalia Kovaleva ...
Woman
Merel van Gaalen ...
Mother
Heike Hummelinck ...
Son
Nico Reuvenkamp ...
Father
Marjolein Ernst ...
Iceskating club
David Goddyn ...
Iceskating club
Marcel Romeijn ...
Iceskating club
Isis Frasdonk ...
Iceskating club
Nelleke Rekers ...
Iceskating club
Chris van de Bremer ...
Iceskating club
Man Kin Tang ...
Cook
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A lonely middle-aged woman dines alone in a Chinese restaurant on her birthday. She pays close attention to the other patrons, imagining their relationships and personal situations. She remembers her past lovers and child, and broods on her bitter sense of loss and loneliness. In an unthinking moment, she announces to the waitress that it is her birthday, and the entire social dynamic in the restaurant is altered. An intensely moving, bittersweet and realistic look at emotional loss and disconnection. Written by stevergy2000@yahoo.com

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28 September 2002 (Netherlands)  »

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A Muralha da China  »

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"well constructed shorty"
8 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

I was a production assistant and location scout on this short movie. I saw it for the first time on the big screen at the Dutch film Festival and I was surprised by the quality of this short film. The story is strong, convincing and Celia is great as the grumpy lady who's always criticizing other people. Cinematography looks good too and last but not least, what a beautiful location!!! By the way, the film won several international prices!


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