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      Confetti

      Released Aug 20, 2021 1h 25m Drama List
      82% Tomatometer 17 Reviews 92% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings How far would a mother go to reverse her child's fate? Based on writer/director Ann Hu's story, that's the question facing Lan (ZHU ZHU), who travels with her 9-year-old daughter Meimei (HARMONIE HE) from their small town in China to New York City. Inflicted with a learning disability, Meimei is considered a strange and dumb girl, an outcast in her school and community. What no one recognizes, however, is that she possesses a gift waiting to be unlocked. The world seen through her eyes is unique and filled with magic. When her mother learns that Meimei suffers from dyslexia, as do 1 in 10 people worldwide, she will stop at nothing to help her, including leaving her life in China behind and venturing alone with Meimei to New York City, braving a place she knows nothing about and speaking not a word of English. Their pursuit of the impossible is a rollercoaster, impacted by the numerous people who come into their lives and affect their journey along the way, including Helen (AMY IRVING), a wheelchair-bound, outspoken writer who reluctantly takes them in. Navigating schools for a recent immigrant with special needs presents unique challenges, and ultimately Lan's low-wage factory job and visiting immigrant status endanger Meimei's acceptance at a special school. What Lan and Meimei discover, is that in a world where people are judged and often not seen, their courage to believe in themselves against all odds will eventually lead them to people who do see them for who they truly are. Read More Read Less

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      Cath Clarke Guardian Confetti is a little predictable and comfortable, but heartfelt. Rated: 3/5 Oct 19, 2022 Full Review Larushka Ivan-Zadeh metro.co.uk Dyslexia is still not officially recognised in China, something writer/director Ann Hu clearly aims to change with this awareness raising, semi-autobiographical story. Oct 19, 2022 Full Review Nell Minow RogerEbert.com Writer/director Ann Hu, who based the film on her own experience, has a gift for subtle details that illuminate character and culture. Rated: 3/4 Aug 20, 2021 Full Review Jennie Kermode Eye for Film Zhu is excellent and her performance really elevates the film. Rated: 3/5 Oct 26, 2022 Full Review Joel Fisher Battle Royale With Cheese This means that although the story is well told performed well and well thought out, its overall message makes the film feel like a teaching tool rather than a heartfelt story. Oct 23, 2022 Full Review Pat Padua Spectrum Culture Ann Hu's semi-autobiographical film hits touching if predictable notes, but the strong cast completely sells the material. Rated: 68/100 Sep 20, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Facebook U An inspiring story about a mom that does whatever it takes to make sure her daughter gets the opportunity to live an extraordinary life. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/27/21 Full Review Maria S Excellent movie! Wish a lot of people would take sometime to see it. It is the sad struggle a great deal of parents go through when their child has dyslexia. The story now takes place in China and NY. A bit rosy but the message is more important than that! The few lines on who is or is not normal are beautiful and also Important. I higly recommend this movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/22/21 Full Review brent m As noble and uplifting as this family drama is, especially in its depiction of a concerned parent willing to do anything to help her child, the film is a little too rote all around to make it engaging and affecting. Writer-director Ann Hu's third feature addresses the issue of dyslexia and what a loving mother puts herself through to aid her daughter, a victim of an inadequate, unenlightened Chinese education system, to help her get the assistance she needs to overcome her learning disability. With the assistance of an American teacher on an educational exchange program, mother and child subsequently relocate to New York to get that help, aided by one the educator's friends, an assertive, disabled writer who takes them in. Once there, the narrative faithfully follows the tried-and-true formula of what's involved in realizing that objective, touching on each required development in precise, perfectly timed order. While the film may indeed be informative about its subject matter, its predictable presentation format could have just as easily been used to address almost any other health-related, psychological or social issue; simply plug in the right pieces to achieve the desired result. Ironically, though, there are also some story elements that are all too easily glossed over, making one wonder how some developments occur with surprisingly remarkable ease. Then there's the casting, which could use some shoring up, too; while Zhu Zhu as mom and Harmonie He as daughter are fine, the supporting performances leave much to be desired, particularly those turned in by Helen Slater and Amy Irving, both of whom could have phoned in their portrayals. Clearly, this is a picture with its heart and intentions in the right place, but its execution needs more spit, polish and imagination to draw audiences in and keep them suitably riveted. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Daniel S Touching, moving intimate little gem about a family dealing with dyslexia in an even stranger land. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/07/21 Full Review Elle Great film about overcoming life's challenges and what a mother will sacrifice for her child. I loved it! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/31/21 Full Review Audience Member Beautifully done, suttle, understated, powerfully emotional journey that is so timely and timeless at the same time. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis How far would a mother go to reverse her child's fate? Based on writer/director Ann Hu's story, that's the question facing Lan (ZHU ZHU), who travels with her 9-year-old daughter Meimei (HARMONIE HE) from their small town in China to New York City. Inflicted with a learning disability, Meimei is considered a strange and dumb girl, an outcast in her school and community. What no one recognizes, however, is that she possesses a gift waiting to be unlocked. The world seen through her eyes is unique and filled with magic. When her mother learns that Meimei suffers from dyslexia, as do 1 in 10 people worldwide, she will stop at nothing to help her, including leaving her life in China behind and venturing alone with Meimei to New York City, braving a place she knows nothing about and speaking not a word of English. Their pursuit of the impossible is a rollercoaster, impacted by the numerous people who come into their lives and affect their journey along the way, including Helen (AMY IRVING), a wheelchair-bound, outspoken writer who reluctantly takes them in. Navigating schools for a recent immigrant with special needs presents unique challenges, and ultimately Lan's low-wage factory job and visiting immigrant status endanger Meimei's acceptance at a special school. What Lan and Meimei discover, is that in a world where people are judged and often not seen, their courage to believe in themselves against all odds will eventually lead them to people who do see them for who they truly are.
      Director
      Ann Hu
      Producer
      Joshua A. Green, Zhuo Shun Guo
      Screenwriter
      Ann Hu
      Distributor
      Dada Films
      Production Co
      Dragon Films Company, Jagman Productions
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 20, 2021, Limited
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $32.8K
      Runtime
      1h 25m
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