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The Receptionist (Jie Xian Yuan) (2018)

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Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Jenny Lu, the film is inspired by true events and follows the lives of the women who come to work at an illegal massage parlour in London.

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Critic Reviews for The Receptionist (Jie Xian Yuan)

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Timely and important, if somewhat familiar.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Tina and Sasa's friendship in particular is one of the strongest parts of the film, as the two women learn to understand the origins of each other's prickliness.

August 14, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a pity, then, that so many of the plot's turning points are engineered through heavy-handed writing that would shame a soap opera.

July 23, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Lu's script is functional, with leaden dialogue and plotting that tells rather than reveals. Yet the performances are painfully alive...

July 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Perhaps most importantly, it feels like a tale that hasn't been told before.

July 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Gloomy, authentic, essential: this auspicious feature debut from writer-director Jenny Lu is an anti-fairy tale of forgotten women and the false promises of end-stage capitalism.

July 20, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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