Tom Shuyu Lin, Taiwan, 2011, 99 min., Mandarin & Min Wan
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2 p.m., Hi-Pointe
Based on the children's book by Taiwanese illustrator Jimmy Liao, the gentle drama "Starry Starry Night" concerns the intersecting lives of Mei, who's coping with the death of her grandfather and her parents' crumbling marriage crumble, and shy Jay, who endures a rootless existence caused by his abusive father. When Mei falls in love with Jay, a recent transfer student at her school, she finds solace from her troubles and begins a journey into adulthood. Venturing into the starry night, Mei and Jay set off on a perilous trip into the mountainous wilderness to find her grandparents' home. Although they lose their way in a storm, the path eventually leads them toward a greater destination. Slant Magazine calls the film "a charming bit of whimsy that hopes to speak to anyone who experienced a sense of emotional injustice during their formative years."
Sponsored by Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Washington University
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