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Little Moth (Xue Chan) (2007)





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A child falls victim to the adults who are supposed to be looking out for her in this heart-tugging drama from Chinese filmmaker Peng Tao. Xiao Ezi (Zhao Huihui) is a sickly little girl nicknamed "Little Moth" who has no reliable guardian -- her mother is dead and her father is an alcoholic who can't hold a job. Xiao Ezi is adopted by Luo (Hong Qifa) and Guihua (Han Dequn), a couple from the country, but the girl soon discovers their motives were less then benevolent -- Luo and Guihua earn their meager living by panhandling, and they believe having the tiny child on hand will earn them more money from sympathetic passers-by. Before long, Guihua finds herself becoming a loving mother to the child, even as Luo argues against buying Xiao Ezi the medicine she needs. But it seems other people have their eyes on "Little Moth" -- another beggar, Zhong (Zeng Xiaorong), offers to buy the child, and a street criminal Yang (Xu Zelin) threatens to inform the authorities about what Luo and Guihua are doing, while a pair of gangsters extort money from the couple in exchange for the child's safety. Xue Chan (aka Little Moth) received its North American premiere at the 2007 Vancouver Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


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