Chinese chocolate

Watched Chinese Chocolate last night. It's great having these little indie films (and blockbuster ones too) available at the public library across the street.  It was shot in 1997 but chronicles the struggle of two women who come to Toronto from China in 1986. They don't know each other but eventually cross paths as they sacrifice themselves (to a series of men) both physically and emotionally just to keep their lives livable while they try in desperation to achieve landed immigrant status (they call it green card in the movie but that's not really what we call it in Canada).  Continuity errors and occasional cheeziness aside, the movie was quite memorable and touching (it managed to win awards at the Berlin, Tokyo and Palm Springs film festivals). Great story, though it probably could've done with more artful directing and generous editing. 

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