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64 Ratings

Angels Wear White

嘉年华 | Jia Nian Hua

Directed by Vivian Qu
China, France, 2017


In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. Mia, a teenager who was working on reception that night, is the only witness. For fear of losing her job, she says nothing…

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Angels Wear White Directed by Vivian Qu
Shooting largely with a handheld camera, Qu generates a jittery energy that makes the characters’ stress palpable.
June 27, 2018
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It’s a worthy follow up to her debut Trap Street, a masterful exploration of the corrosive effects of corruption and fear on a society, the systems of power and control that dominate it, and the devastating domino effects of trauma on an entire community.
June 19, 2018
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This all sounds grim, and it is. But the story grabs you. Ms. Qu shoots the sturdily constructed scenario with unshowy sharpness. . . . The moral rot and callous corruption depicted in “Angels Wear White” has a particularly bracing effect in part because, cultural specifics aside, the inhumanity on display is hardly alien.
May 03, 2018
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