This is an intriguing mix of the familiar and the alien.
Too perfect school teacher wife Hong lives to make her head master husband's life ideal. However the school union discovers that, as she's childless, he's fathered a couple with a woman that looks after his aging rural village mother, who discourages the boy from calling Hong mother. A mean deputy is using it to get the husband's job.
When it all settles down, Hong is divorced and living with an effigy family, arranged by the local singing Shaman, and her husband is still complaining that makes him look silly.
Two dimensional characters are effectively put into play in the lush green environment. Throw in folklorico elements and a message for the target audience. Nicely filmed without flourishes, while it's too grim, this is more involving than a lot of the exotica that surfaces in festivals.
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