Lu Jie has no idea her husband is leading a double life, until the day she sees him entering a hotel with a young woman. Her world crumbles. A few hours later, the young woman dies beneath the wheels of a car. The police officer in charge of the case refuses to believe her death was accidental…
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The statistics about rape in China are disturbing. In 2013 a study showed that 22% of men admitted to rape. In addition, there is no such thing as marital rape. This violence has a way of perpetuating itself.
It’s sexy-it’s brutal. ‘Mystery’ tosses the audience back and forth between the two poles and on occasion forms an irking synthesis of love and murder. The camera is the passenger, houseguest, and general bystander looking into the scandal of people who we thought perfect. Often I had the desire to leave the room so that our perfect family might have a chance to work things out—but I could hardly look away.
Lou tries his hand at a more traditional mystery/drama film and does it exceptionally well. The pace of exposition manages to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout, and the emotional impacts are hard-hitting. After this and Summer Palace, I hope to see more of Lei Hao, as she once again delivers marvelously.