Based on a true story, Dearest is about the sensitivity, complexity, and indelible pain of child abduction. The lives of Shenzhen residents Wen-jun and his ex-wife Xiao-juan are thrown into turmoil when their young son goes missing. They join a support group active in exposing child abduction rings and, enduring several years of false-sightings and scams, finally find their son living with a foster mother. But their troubles are far from over. With delicacy and nuance, Chan explores the lasting guilt of having ‘lost’ a child; the difficulty of reintegration, and the discovery that an adopted child has been abducted. With subtle observations about class, contemporary Chinese values, and the difference between city and rural life, Chan weaves a universal tale.
Sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, San Francisco.
DEAREST screens Friday, February 13 at 8:15pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum) and Sunday, February 15 at 6:30pm at Regal Fox Tower 10 as part of the 38th Portland International Film Festival.
Tickets are available online or at the door.
The Portland International Film Festival is sponsored by The Oregonian/OREGONLIVE, LAIKA, Regal Entertainment Group, Delta Airlines, Yelp!, Travel Portland, King Estate, Hotel Modera, The Autzen Foundation, The Lamb-Baldwin Foundation, KINK.fm, and many others.