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Wet Season

Anthony Chen follows his First Feature Award-winning Ilo Ilo (LFF 2013) with this hugely satisfying portrait of a woman on a journey to rediscover herself.

Dir-Scr Anthony Chen
Prod Anthony Chen, Tan Si En, Huang Wenhong
With Yann Yann Yeo, Koh Jia Ler, Christopher Lee
Singapore-Taiwan
2019
103min
Sales Memento Films International
With English subtitles

As Mandarin-language teacher Ling continues with fruitless IVF treatment while taking care of her ailing father-in-law, she finds herself slowly drawn towards a promising student who seems to have been abandoned by his parents. Outside it’s monsoon season, but Ling’s inner turmoil looks set to get her into a heap of trouble. Director Anthony Chen brings this simmering Singapore-set drama to boiling point, whilst using an associative and poetic editing rhythm, repeating colours and shapes to highlight the small parallels that link people, and reveal the profound in lovely and subtle ways. With uniformly sensitive performances from the returning cast of Ilo Ilo, Chen’s Wet Season is the classy and well-measured teacher-student drama that will get you weeping this autumn.

Kate Taylor

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