Beauty Remains

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4 out of 5 stars
The title of Ann Hu’s debut feature, Shadow Magic, would have been just as apt for her second film, set right before the Maoist takeover of China. A young woman (Xun) raised as an illegitimate child returns home to settle her father’s will and rekindles her troubled relationship with the half-sister (Wu) she both admired and envied as a small child. The drama is routine, but cinematographer Scott Kevan makes liberal use of smoke, fog and off-kilter angles, conjuring a beautifully impressionistic atmosphere.

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