Dam Street (2 stars)

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This article is from 2006.

Gay drama (Li Yu, China/France, 2005) 93min

Li Yu’s film is nicely shot, but so crassly scored that any subtlety in the camerawork, the soundtrack promptly obliterates. One pensively framed moment at the top of some steps has maudlin music ladled all over it.

But then the story lends itself to the sentimental. Sixteen-year-old Xiaoyun (Xingrao Huang) gets pregnant and prematurely gives birth. Afterwards her mother tells her the baby was stillborn. The film jumps ten years and the talented Xiaoyun is stuck singing with a mediocre song and dance troupe. She also befriends a ten-year-old boy with whom she feels a strange affinity. From there the film offers some nice touches but often settles for the predictable. (Tony McKibbin)

Cineworld, 623 8030, 17 Aug, 10.15pm & 19 Aug, 2.15pm, £7.95 (£5.20).

This article is from 2006.

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