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A documentary that offers some fascinating if glancing insights into a rich and timely subject but ends up being more frustrating than enlightening.
What's memorable here is the students' talk of their families' economic anxieties, of their hopes to make enough money while young that their own children will feel financially secure, of the ways that American and Chinese life diverge.
Wang's verite approach attempts to strike a tone somewhere between revealing and contemplative, but her principal subjects are too young and inexperienced with the world to have much of import to say.
It runs too long, and music often drowns out valuable information. But Stella and Harry are wonderfully intriguing leads and watching them grow more confident, learn what they want and then achieve such is heartfelt enough that it is worth your time.
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