One afternoon, the life of an Chinese woman abruptly changes when she believes that she has just witnessed a UFO flying through the sky. The village chief takes advantage of this unexpected event to boost the local economy. Under the scrutinizing eye of the police, a collective portrait unfolds.
Where in the U.S. a UFO sighting provokes conspiracy stories, in China, by Xiaolu Guo’s telling, it inspires wicked social satire. Adapting her own novel, Guo playfully envisions her ingenious premise of the (literally) fantastic promise of change for rural China—and what actually results.
"UFO In Her Eyes" caught my attention with its title and further dragged me in with its characters. Surprisingly the film had a lot of comedy, even with the language barrier. The only set back I have with the film is the closing scene of Kwok Yun entering the built UFO. Im sure it was intended and I am just over analyzing it, however I felt like it could of ended differently.
Defies all expectations. It's dark and funny and riddled with irony. Great characters with absurd motives. I love the American Friend (who isn't American) doing drunken Johnny Mathis. And who would't be charmed if their lover built them a UFO? I hate when people do this, but it reminded me of Vonnegut (in the best possible way).
(4.5 stars) Amazing social satire. TRULY delightfully crafted satire on many levels. The filmmaker does a brilliant job of weaving these themes tightly together all via the characters carefully introduced throughout the opening 30 minutes. It's very smart and told in an off-beat manner. The only problem I have is that MUBI has chosen a slight spoiler with their background poster for this film. Why, Mubi? Why?