Releasing Date:- 10 Nov, 2023 (U.K.)
Cinema:- Movie (English)
Avg. Users’ Rating:- 3.0/5
IMDb Rating:- 7.3/10
Cast & Crew:-
Director:- Sen-I Yu
Actor:- Vivian Sung, Keung To, Chun-Yao Yao
My Heavenly City Movie Story:-
Three anecdotes of living as a transplant in New York City: A lonely Mandarin-English interpreter gains new perspectives on her own life after witnessing the suffering of others; two young hip-hop dance enthusiasts who become disenchanted by their New York adventure, but find tender love in each other; and a middle-aged couple struggling to cope with their mentally ill son. Three groups of individuals interact and inspire one another as they search for hope in this supposedly beautiful city.
My Heavenly City Movie Review:-
My Heavenly City is a film directed by Sen-I Yu, which focuses on a few of the eight million stories that have been told by immigrants in New York. The film is loosely woven together, with each story centered around immigrants, most of whom are originally from Taiwan. These immigrants are living in New York and dealing with loneliness, stress, anxiety, and feelings prompted by their estrangement from their families or proximity to family who moved to the city with them.
The first chapter, 15th Street, follows depressed student Mavis Fang as she struggles to recover from a recent breakup and complete her dissertation on immigration. She works as a translator between Mandarin and English for an agency that sends her to take depositions from victims of accidents and crimes, as well as social work situations. In a facility for young people, she forms a rapport with a teenage boy from the People’s Republic, Xiao Jian (Ming Wu), who entered the US illegally and is likely to be sent back.
The next story, Jack & Lulu, is a romantic anecdote about the titular characters, Keung To and Jessica Lee, who are drawn together by their mutual fascination with New York’s pop and lock hip-hop dancers. The chemistry between the leads is palpable, but the story is slightly too twee in places, resembling thin plots encountered in music videos.
The last entry, Kite, is the strongest, possibly because it dares to get a bit dark. Married Taiwanese couple Jason and Claire, with their roomy Brooklyn brownstone decorated in tasteful neutrals, have a violent, uncontrollable son, Jasper, diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and “manic disorder.” The film offers a refreshing sympathy for the hard work done by social services, who are often portrayed as villains when they are trying to do the best for their clients.
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