Today, I've Watched... "Wet Season" (2019)
Director: Anthony Chen
Cast: Yeo Yann Yann, Koh Jia Ler
It is monsoon season in Singapore and the city is pouring with rain. Wet Season follows the plight of Ling, a Chinese language teacher, whose marriage and school life are falling apart because she is unable to bear a child. But an unlikely friendship with a student helps her reaffirm her identity as a woman.
My Say: This Singaporean film from Anthony Chen is a restrained and effective drama, despite the occasional lull moments. The film takes a while to gel, and it's main conflict only starts after an hour into the film. Still, the way that it developed its characters and built their relationship was really good that you actually root for them, especially Ling.
Both Yeo Yann Yann and Koh Jia Ler give wonderful performances, with Yeo's much more quiet and subtle portrayal of her character being one of the film's biggest strengths. The film uses a lot of symbolisms in its story, like how the rainy season is the direct opposite of Ling's barrenness. There's also a scene where Ling and Wei Lun are arguing inside the campus, and they are separated by a line of marching band of the school- symbolizing how their country's tradition and culture is refusing to accept their relationship and is causing them to break up. The film was also visually appealing to the eye, featuring some beautiful camera work from Sam Care.
Anthony Chen's "Wet Season" is one familiar yet beautifully decorated told story that requires a bit of patience from the audience, but the result is definitely rewarding.
Rating: 8/ 10 •••
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