DAM STREET - Cinequest Film Festival 2006
Xiao-Yun is a sixteen-year-old high school student living in a small riverside town in China's southwestern Sichuan province. A clumsy teenage love affair gets Yun pregnant, and what at first is only a nuisance that she canít get rid of soon becomes a mortal sin hushed away. Yun has violated Chinaís rigid morals and stigmatized herself for life. She and her boyfriend Wang Feng are expelled from school. He leaves her after convincing his sister Wang Zheng-Yue, to help Yun give birth to her baby, then give it up for adoption.
Ten years later, Yun is trained as a beautiful Sichuan Opera performer, but resigned to singing in a crass local musical troupe. Her pregnancy is apparently forgotten, but she is still an object of scrutiny, an errant element in a perfectly constructed society and the target of derision for the people in her town. But then she meets ten-year-old Xiao-yong, one of her motherís students, who is precociously interested in protecting her. There is a strange emotion he feels but canít articulateóone more mature would call it ďloveĒ.
The past and present meet to produce Li Yuís captivating and unique story or love and friendship. Her charactersí souls, minds and actions are masterfully conveyed through beautiful cinematography and outstanding performances. Dam Street is an immensely touching and captivating story of love and marginalization created with Liís skilled, caring directorial hand.
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