Kleu | Chicago Reader
No less moving for its quiet understatement, this video dramatizes how guilt and grief turn a Vietnamese immigrant in San Francisco (Kathy Nguyen) into a sex worker. When her family back home writes of her father's illness, the head-turning young woman realizes her restaurant pay won't cover his hospital bills, and a classified ad leads her to a new job in a massage parlor. Voyeurs will be disappointed: director Vu T. Thu Ka focuses on the trade's tedium and banality, and the key scenes involve the woman's relationship with a lonely grocer—like her, a boat person marked by tragedy. The video's poetic sensibility and restrained use of color make up for its oblique editing. In English and Vietnamese, each subtitled in the other language. 76 min.

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