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 »
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
This is an extremely beautifully shot, acted and directed Film by Julie Kwan.
It has all the perfect elements of a great drama and because of the child's point of view almost magic realism. Anyone who enjoys Stephen Spielberg's drama such as Colour Purple, or Marleen Goriss's Antonia, even Stephen Elliot's Pricilla Queen of the Desert from Australia will like this story, because it about family and all the complicated feelings of love and hatred that develop, being different and trying to find your place in the world, and forgiveness.
And it has great creative sets and visually beautiful.
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