Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with ... See full summary »
Liu Xing is a scholarship boy from China, newly arrived in Salt Lake City, a graduate student in cosmology, in Utah to study in Professor Reiser's prestigious program. Back in China, Liu Xing's parents are proud of him, and he dedicates himself to fulfilling their hopes. All the graduate students in the program work on projects that extend and further Reiser's model of the origins of the universe. Liu Xing does well until his own theories move him away from Reiser's. Will Reiser and the department recognize Liu Xing's brilliance? Can the young man's benefactor, Joanna Silver, intercede? Written by
Not fully realized study of academia and the struggle for new ideas entering the prison paradigm of formalized mainstream thought. It's a good effort but it has a lot to offer and unfortunately, does not deliver.
The enslavement of the mind by ego-maniacal Professors in the higher educational system is touched upon here but deserves far deeper exploration.
Instead, we have two subjects, the cross cultural struggle and the impenetrable intelligentsia. Each deserve a much wider venue. There just isn't enough space for both to co-exist in this little film.
The ending suffers greatly, betraying its cerebral dark subject matter.
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