Women from the Lake of Scented Souls
Women from the Lake of Scented Souls ★★ 1994
Mournful film, set in a rural Chinese village, focuses on matriarchal businesswoman Xiang (Gaowa), who runs the local sesame oil making factory that has just attracted the attention of Japanese investors. Seems the water of the nearby lotus-covered lake, scene of local tragedies, is Xiang's special ingredient. With her new-found wealth, Xiang is able to purchase a very reluctant bride, Huanhuan (Yujuan), for her mentally retarded son—a disaster in the making. Rich detail and nuanced performances; Chinese with subtitles. 105m/C VHS, DVD . CH Siqin Gaowa, Wu Yujuan, Lei Luosheng, Chen Baoguo; D: Xie Fei; W: Xie Fei; C: Bao Xianran; M: Wang Liping.