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Drifters

Wang Xiaoshuai followed his highly regarded Beijing Bicycle with this 2003 drama about a young slacker (Duan Long in a languorously mannered performance) who's just returned to his hometown after being expelled from the U.S. as an illegal alien. His ex-girlfriend's family turned him in after he reneged on a signed agreement to stay away from his illegitimate son, and when he discovers that the family has returned as well, he launches a campaign to reunite with the boy. Wang effectively highlights the emerging class differences in mainland China, but he treads a fine line between depicting the hero's boredom and inflicting it on us. In Mandarin with subtitles. 120 min.

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