Midnight Fly
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Jacob Cheung.

Anita Mui goes to Paris to get away from her philandering husband, and befriends a young Japanese girl who is in love with a married man. The two decide to extend their vacation and go to Morocco, and while there discover their problems are more connected than they at first believed. This film starts awfully slow, and the two protagonists communicate with each other using English (a second language to both), which makes things even slower. But the slow pace of the first half allows you time to get to know and care for these characters, which makes the second half of the film all the more compelling. A devestating film which creeps up on you slowly, and manages to avoid most, but not all, of the cliches inherent in the material. This film stayed with me longer than any other I've seen this year.

Rating: Highly Recommended (Highly Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 14, 2004.

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