See You Off to the Edge of Town

When their parents come to visit from Hong Kong, two Americanized sisters take them on a road trip to the Grand Canyon, but family harmony is tested when the car breaks down. Though mom regards the replacement vehicle—a souped-up hearse belonging to the younger sister's Indonesian fiance—as unlucky, it portends a spiritual rebirth for all. While the desert sun ignites tempers, encounters with eccentric locals provide comic relief as well as subtle clues about the underlying source of the generational conflicts. Writer-director Ching C. Ip's remarkably assured first feature (2002) is firmly grounded in human psychology but also takes wing in flights of poetry. In English and subtitled Mandarin. 87 min.

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