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Wet Season

Anthony Chen
Singapur, Taiwan 2019
103min
V'19

Dieses Drama ist das, was man einen Slowburner nennt: Die Liebesverwirrung zwischen einer Lehrerin mit Eheproblemen und einer familiären Pflegebürde und einem gefühlsgehemmten Schüler entfaltet sich in Zeitlupe, um dann jedoch eine Intensität aufzubauen, die die Geschichte ekstatisch hochpeitscht. Die Hurrikan-Saison liefert mit sintflutartigen Regengüssen das dazupassende aufwühlende Naturschauspiel. Regisseur Chen, ein Spezialist für genau beobachtete Beziehungsturbulenzen, favorisiert für seine Education sentimentale eine kammerspielartige Nüchternheit und schwelgt in gedeckten Farben. Eine Studie des hoffnungslosen Begehrens, in karger Eleganz ausgeführt. (Thomas Mießgang)

 

Singaporean director Anthony Chen won the Caméra d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 for his debut film ILO ILO. He returns with his second feature WET SEASON, at once a portrait of an increasingly solitary woman and a patiently observed study that mines underage sex and first crushes for delicate warmth as well as genuine discomfort.
A middle-aged Chinese-language schoolteacher, played by Malaysian actress Yeo Yann Yann, has been trying to become pregnant for years. During her awkward fertility treatment, she realizes that her hopes are being thwarted by the progressive disconnect of her marriage. Meanwhile, a teacher becomes the focus of a young student’s advances at remedial classes.
Told with minimalist touches, through held glances, understated gestures, and monochromatic colors, the story slowly builds to the characters discovering their strengths while severing ties. In the background, Chen offers glimpses of the cultural differences and unrest that propels Malaysians to seek opportunities in the more prosperous, but often soullessly conformist Taiwan. A story of people restlessly looking to the future – until the present stops them in their tracks. (Ela Bittencourt)

 

Credits
  • Yeo Yann Yann - Ling
  • Christopher Lee - Andrew
  • Koh Jia Ler - Wei Lun
  • Yang Shi Bin - Ling´s father in law
  • Anthony Chen
  • Kuo Li Chi
  • Zhe Wu
  • Sam Care
  • Hoping Chen
  • Joanne Cheong
Giraffe Pictures, HOOQ, Rediance, New Century Influence Films

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