Chinese-American economist Rachel accompanies affluent boyfriend Nick home to Singapore (clues to his real wealth becoming startlingly apparent) for his friend’s wedding. His people “aren’t just rich, they’re Crazy Rich”. Emotional fireworks begin. 1990s snobbery and racism are exposed as Nick’s mother seeks to alienate Rachel, seen as an unsuitable match. A flamboyant, witty, energetic film breakthrough for an Asian cast, striking a blow against Hollywood’s darker history Chu’s film is somewhere between My Big Fat Greek Wedding and a Jane Austen novel: meticulous and hilariously alert to social structures, family dynamics and money, with a plucky underdog heroine –
Taking place in La Ciotat, near Marseille, once prosperous thanks to its huge dockyard but in decline since closing 25 years before. It is in this context of quiet desperation that a writing workshop has been set up to help a group of seven young people integrate into the world of work under the guidance of novelist Olivia. The participants are asked to write a noir fiction connected with the industrial past of their hometown. Soon a boy, Antoine, stands out, provocative and aggressive, he gets noticed by his systematic opposition to all and his brewing violence. More alarming, the
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