Lost Indulgence

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*** (3 stars)
Tragedy strikes Xian Chuen’s family when the taxicab his father drives suspiciously careens off the road and plunges into a river. Surviving this accident is his young passenger, a somewhat feisty club girl, who moves in with Xian and his mom, as an arrangement to absolve them of paying her hospital bills. As this broken family cares for its new roommate, the girl starts to become a companion to Xian, who is dealing with his father’s death and navigating through adolescence. Xian's mother also finds an unlikely comrade to help with her own coping. Set against an urban-industrial backdrop, with frequent images of the powerful Yangtze River serving as a reminder of the tragedy, Lost•Indulgence carefully travels through each character’s story line before connecting them together. In the end, we are left to ponder whether this was indeed a tragedy.—Terri-Ann Rougier, associate human resources manager

[This is a TONY staff review, written for the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. It is not considered an official review and should not be read as such. Please think of it as a casual impression from a movie-loving friend.]

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Duration: 96 mins

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Director: Yibai Zhang
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