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MDMA (Cardinal X) (2018)



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It's 1984, and a gorgeous, young working-class woman, Angie Wang (Annie Q.) from Newark, NJ, is about to start her freshman year at a prestigious San Francisco university. On her first day, she meets her new roommate, a rich girl named Jeanine Rockwell (Francesca Eastwood), and the two bond over booze, boys, and their first taste of freedom! Raised by her strict father in an urban neighborhood, the sudden jolt from hardship to privileged campus life proves to be a challenge for Angie. When her financial aid is cut, she uses her book and street smarts, along with school resources to synthesize the growing popular drug, Ecstasy. Angie becomes one of the west coast's largest distributors of 'X' cutting deals on campus and in posh nightclubs. Her dual life as the Asian 'model minority' coed and profit-driven drug dealer is further complicated by her desire to help Bree (Aalyrah Caldwell), a girl from one of the bay area's most infamous ghettos who reminds her of her own dark past. Angie lives the high life until her recklessness instigates a sudden tragedy from which she may not recover.


Annie Q.
as Angie Wang
Francesca Eastwood
as Jeanine Rockwell
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Critic Reviews for MDMA (Cardinal X)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

It's Wang's eye for social realities, brought to life by her cast, that gives her film its edge.

May 3, 2017 | Full Review…

An uneven screenplay is saved by a fascinating story and Annie Q.'s spot on portrayal of a college student adrift.

May 27, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Cardinal X is an engrossing film by a director who has a fresh, deeply felt perspective on an urgent subject matter.

May 10, 2017 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Everything about the feature is polished and professional from the sound to the camera work and it all serves to focus the intense performances delivered by the cast.

May 1, 2017 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Wang's writing is better than her directing.

March 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Cardinal X is refreshingly honest about the drug economy and the many levels at which it provides employment and a means of survival, without hiding the way that some drugs contribute to ruining lives.

March 16, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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