Angels Wear White

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Angels Wear White can be uncomfortable viewing, but its grim subject matter is balanced by a smartly constructed story elevated by powerful acting.



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In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. Mia, a teenager who was working on reception that night, is the only witness. For fear of losing her job, she says nothing. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Wen, one of the victims, finds that her troubles have only just begun. Trapped in a world that offers them no safety, Mia and Wen will have to find their own way out.

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  • Shooting largely with a handheld camera, Qu generates a jittery energy that makes the characters' stress palpable. This feeling escalates as the investigation closes in.

    Jun 27, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Qu fleshes out her characters to expose the societal and familial pressures that tend to limit options for females.

    May 31, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • In its perceptions and mood, "Angels Wear White" plays like acutely serious female noir.

    May 17, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A tough and unsparing drama that vividly brings to light the kind of narrative too many people have endured over the years.

    May 4, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This all sounds grim, and it is. But the story grabs you. Ms. Qu shoots the sturdily constructed scenario with unshowy sharpness.

    May 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Qu unpacks much that matters in Angels Wear White, including the abuse of power and importance of status and wealth in Chinese society, but her most thoughtful, nuanced observations involve female sexuality.

    May 2, 2018 | Full Review…

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