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Directed by Vivian Qu

China 2017 107 mins. In Mandarin

In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. The only witness is Mia, the teenaged desk clerk, who says nothing for fear of losing her job. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Wen, one of the victims, finds that her troubles have just begun. Trapped in a world that offers them no safety, Mia and Wen will have to find their own way out. “Qu moulds a daylight noir of complex moral dilemmas, compromised public services, and a social system that stacks the odds against our protagonists at every turn. Qu’s vision is sympathetic to her characters’ struggles, yet her social commentary is savage, subtle and precision-tooled.” —Sight & Sound. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

Filmography: Trap Street (2013)

Reviews: Sight & Sound, Variety, Criterion Daily
Interviews: MUBI Notebook



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