Nancy Kelly, USA, 105 min., in English without Subtitles
With Rosalind Chao and Chris Cooper. Set in the 1880s, this film chronicles the journey of Lalu (Chao), a young Chinese woman who is sold by her impoverished family and transported against her will to a gold mining town the American West.
“Rosalind Chao’s performance is a wonder – the sort that, in a conventional Hollywood epic, would inspire Oscar speculation. She gives us a character who begins as a child in grief and confusion, and prevails in a strange land until she is finally able to stand free as her own woman. It’s quite a story.” – Roger Ebert