She, a Chinese (2009)
Critic Reviews for She, a Chinese
This would be depressing, except that Mei is a delight: a feisty, shrewd young woman, uneducated but intelligent and more than capable of surviving the brickbats life keeps throwing at her.
Curious and interesting in many respects but emotionally light-weight and unfulfilling.
There are few migrant clichÃ (C)s here, just an intimate portrait of a young girl trying to work out who she is and where she wants to be. The first part of the film is more successful than the rather meandering UK-based second half.
Unhappily, thereâ(TM)s no dramatic arc here, just a series of encounters with unsuitable or undesirable men. Writer-director Xiaolu Guo puts her heroine through trying ordeals, but her character remains elusive.
The sparse scaffholding of this film is at once enigmatic and illuminating, revealing a quiet political literacy.
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