"Woman Sesame Oil Maker"
Directed by Xie Fei
At the center of this moving intergenerational family
drama is an old legend about two girls who drowned themselves in a local
lake and were said to have flown away as beautiful birds. A contemporary
entrepreneur succeeds in business despite her drunken, abusive husband. Now
she faces the chore of putting another woman into an unhappy arranged
marriage because her mentally ill son desires a wife. Co-winner of the
Golden Bear and the Film Critics' Award at the 1993 Berlin Film Festival.
Also released as Women from the Lake of Scented Souls. Mandarin with
English subtitles. 106 minutes.