Chinese-Canadian Eve Eng was born in 1966, in the year of the fire horse. In Chinese culture, fire horse children are notorious for being troublesome. In 1975, nine year old Eve is looking ... See full summary »
A girl (16) regularly fakes distress along the highway so she can rob good Samaritans who pick her up. One day, a man dies by mistake by her side. A fragile friendship will then slowly develop between her and the unsuspecting widowed wife.
During an opulent and luxurious banquet, complete with hordes of servers and valets, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a ritualistic gastronomic carnage. In this ... See full summary »
Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona, a 14-year-old girl, tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12.
Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien,
Based on the true story of mother/son tag-team Sante Kimes and her offspring, Kenny, who crisscrossed the country and committed a string of crimes, among them robbery, fraud, arson, slavery, and murders that shocked the world.
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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Chinese-Canadian Eve Eng was born in 1966, in the year of the fire horse. In Chinese culture, fire horse children are notorious for being troublesome. In 1975, nine year old Eve is looking for some meaning for her life, especially after her mother, May-Lin Eng, miscarries, and her paternal grandmother passes away, the latter event particularly concerning not so much for the event itself but the circumstances leading to the death. The Engs follow traditional Buddhist philosophy, primarily as a cultural tradition. While her husband Frank Eng is away in China dealing with his mother's burial, May-Lin doesn't stop their eldest daughter, Karena Eng, from pursuing knowledge of and eventual faith in Christianity, most specifically Catholicism. May-Lin sees it as a cushion for ensuring a good life and good after-life, as much of Christian teaching follows that of Buddhism anyway. Eve follows in her sister's footsteps. While Karena becomes a devout Catholic to the expense of her Buddhist ... Written by
The connections people make between each other, and between themselves and whatever "greater power" they're hoping to connect with -- that's the story at the heart of this tale of two young Chinese-American sisters, raised on traditional Buddhist rituals but suddenly determined to become Catholic.
There are so many ways to describe this film: moving, sweet, gentle, elegant, thoughtful, funny. It's a rare pleasure to sit through a movie about religion that doesn't take cheap shots at the believers or the dogma, and that in fact provokes some thought about things you might think you already know. The cinematography is lovely, focusing a good deal on the faces of the young sisters whose relationship is the centerpiece of the film. The actors who play those sisters are affecting -- it's easy to lose yourself in their lives -- in the lives of the entire cast in fact -- because their presence on screen is so natural. For a first-time writer and director, this is a jewel.
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