Suzhou River (2000)
Contact: Erik Esckilsen — firstname.lastname@example.org, (802) 651-5972
Where & When: Alumni Auditorium — 7 p.m. — FREE
SUMMARY: Contemporary Shanghai’s Suzhou River becomes like a River Styx — mixing memories and mysteries together for lost lovers — in this neo-noir fable. A twentysomething motorcycle courier traverses the gritty city, making don’t-ask-don’t-tell deliveries for his clients. When he and one of his client’s daughters fall in love, the story takes twisting psychological turns reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Shanghai plays a leading role here, offering an impassive commentary on urban China’s watery boulevards of broken dreams.
Writer and Director: Lou Ye
Post-discussion leader: Professor Craig Pepin, who recently spent a semester in the People’s Republic of China