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HOME: VOL.21 NO.27: SCREENS: PICK OF THE LITTER

Pick of the Litter

Recommended at SXSW Film 2002



    Mai's America

     

    MAI'S AMERICA

    D: Marlo Poras.

    Documentary Feature Competition, Regional Premiere

    This documentary about an awkward but resilient young Vietnamese woman who moves from Hanoi to small-town Mississippi as an exchange student is intimately fixated on its subject. Homesick and often baffled by the low-rent Southern culture she now occupies, Mai nonetheless tries to get into an American university while befriending a swishy transvestite and conferring with an eerily accurate palm reader. The riveting, tiny episodes of Mai's American life ultimately become a quite majestic, beautiful, and tragic film. (CC, 3/8, 8:45pm; Paramount, 3/11, 11:30am; Paramount, 3/13, 1:30pm) -- Clay Smith


 






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