Electric Shadows

Directed by Jiang Xiao
Fortissimo Films
2004
95 Minutes
China
Mandarin
Drama
NR
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For no apparent reason, a mute young woman assaults a youth who delivers water on his bicycle, injuring him and ruining his bike. Surprisingly, she asks him to feed her fish while she is in custody. Her tiny apartment, he discovers, is a shrine to his favorite escape, the movies. He finds her diary - a screenplay of her life built around scenes from favorite films - and it sets off his imagination. Maybe they have more in common than a love of the movies.

  • Highest Rating
    "Debuting writer-director Xiao Jiang shows she has the makings of a quality mainstream filmmaker."
    Derek Elley, Variety
  • Highest Rating
    "Dreamy lighting, soft colors and lilting music mix with an agreeable cast."
    V.A. Musetto, New York Post
  • Highest Rating
    " It's the memory movie of our own mind, in English, Mandarin or whatever language the local Bijou screened them in."
    Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
  • Highest Rating
    "In an astonishingly accomplished first feature, female filmmaker Xiao Jiang puts an entirely different face on China's Cultural Revolution."
    Maria Garcia, Film Journal International

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