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 ...
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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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