Wisdom Tooth ★★★★

From the promotional material you’d think this is a crime thriller of some flavor or other. Nope! It’s a quiet coming of age piece that happens to be structured around some criminal activity. 

Really self-assured directorial debut from Liang Ming. Excellent acting, especially Xingchen Lyu as the protagonist, Guxi. The fragmented sequences towards the end are perfect reflections of her internal conflicts. Even Dongzi — the fourth wheel in the tripartite conflict between Guxi, her brother, and his new girlfriend — is a well-realized character.

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