Directed by Anthony Chen
Singapore, Taiwan / 103 mins / M18 – Mature Theme and Sexual Scene
In celebration of homegrown talents and bold new milestones, the 30th SGIFF opens with a Singapore film once again: this time from 2015 Camera d’Or winner Anthony Chen.
The monsoon season brings storm clouds, uncertainties and the warm promise of spring in Wet Season, as Chen traces the fragile dissonances in the lives of two individuals.
Ling is a secondary school teacher, whose marriage is unravelling after years of trying fruitlessly to conceive. Further burdened by the strain of caring for her ailing father-in-law, the growing wound between her absent husband and her festers. At work, she finds an unlikely solace in Wei Lun, a student in her remedial class. Alienated by his friends and neglected by his parents, Wei Lun’s wilful search for belonging collides with Ling’s loneliness. The thorny entanglement of this teacher-student relationship soon reaches a perilous breaking point.
Chen’s inclination to present complex relationships that are often shut behind closed doors is clear in Wet Season, as he dives into the emotional maelstrom of Ling’s struggles as a modern working woman and dutiful wife. Reuniting with his actors from the award-winning Ilo Ilo, he coaxes magnetic performances from the twin leads Yeo Yann Yann and a grown up Koh Jia Ler. Chen strips away all pretence to expose the authentic core of human emotions, and the messy truths of love and loss that mark both Ling and Wei Lun. There is a glimmer of light beyond the rain where a hard-earned reconciliation awaits.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Anthony Chen is a writer-director and producer from Singapore. His debut feature film Ilo Ilo premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2013, and was awarded the Camera d’Or. Ilo Ilo went on to win 40 awards internationally, including four prizes at the 50th Golden Horse Awards. His second feature film, Wet Season premiered at the Platform competition section at the Toronto International Film Festival 2019.
CAST & INFORMATION
Anthony Chen, Huang Wenhong, Tan Si En
Yeo Yann Yann, Christopher Lee, Yang Shi Bin, Koh Jia Ler
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