Send Me to the Clouds

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Diagnosed with ovarian cancer, iron-willed journalist Sheng Nan ("Surpass Men" in Chinese) is pressured to make a quick fortune and find mind-blowing sex before the costly surgery numbs her senses. Taking on a businessman's biography writing job, she hikes into the misty mountains, where a chain of outbursts with her dysfunctional family, grumpy client, misogynistic co-worker and dreamlike romantic interest hilariously unfold. As deeply moving as it is luminously witty, writer-director Teng Congcong's debut waltzes across the bitterness swallowed by her generation of women born under China's One Child Policy, unprecedentedly burdened to "surpass men" while trying not to be "leftover women" at the same time. Saluting the 18th-century Chinese literature classic Dream of the Red Chamber in its title, the enchanting gem refreshes the novel's transcendent contemplation on desire, death and womanhood from a modern cinematic perspective.

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Critic Reviews for Send Me to the Clouds

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  • An honest and broadly recognizable picture of modern womanhood.

    Sep 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Yao's soulful and stirring performance as a complex woman struggling to understand herself - and life itself - anchors "Send Me to the Clouds," allowing it to truly soar.

    Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Teng's fine-tuned direction and Yao's spot-on performance combine impressively to maintain Sheng Nan's dignity and deepen viewers' sympathy even as she stumbles, blunders and suffers embarrassment in her pursuit of satisfaction.

    Sep 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Cultural details will be lost on many American viewers, but the journalist's struggle to balance her career and her personal life will resonate with everyone

    Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Yao Chen is splendid, thoroughly embracing her difficult, at times off-putting character.

    Sep 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • In a society that coins new terms to belittle professional women, Send Me to the Clouds is hardly insignificant - and when all is said and done, Teng deserves recognition for her willingness to engage in social criticism.

    Sep 23, 2019 | Full Review…

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