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
charming, fun, moments of tension,excellent use of subtitles
The relationship between the two sisters comes across as natural and typical as do the other family relationships. Warmth emanates from most of the characters. Issues dealing with race are delightfully and educationally presented. Some special effects are extremely well done although one is quite awkward. The essential practices of Buddhism and Catholicism are brought to light. The character of Eve is superbly acted, and by a first time actress. By revealing the home life of a Buddhist Chinese family in Canada, this film becomes a must-see for Canadians, the majority of whom are now living in close proximity to a Chinese community in the major cities. To produce such a quality film on a shoe-string budget is a production coup! Hurrah for independent filmmakers.
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