Director: Liang Ming
Gu Xi is about to lose her job because of undocumented citizenship status. While making use of all her social connections in her effort to get official registration papers, she also faces another challenge: getting along with her brother’s new girlfriend, Qingchang. As winter sets in and temperatures plunge, the relationship between Gu Xi, her brother Gu Liang, and his girlfriend becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to freeze overitself.
Meanwhile, more trouble brews as a dead body is found floating in the sea, and a mysterious tape repeatedly brings Gu Xi to flit back and forth across the boundary of youth and adulthood. What she doesn’t know is that she is about to lose everything.
Set in a chilly winter in a depressed Chinese fishing town, Liang Ming’s directorial debut unfolds a tangled relationship between two siblings and a charming outsider. Wisdom Tooth challenges the coming-of- age genre by mobilizing the form of a crime thriller. At the edge of adulthood, a once dependent and innocent girl has to confront the mysterious, contaminated and dangerous side of life, where the torture of secrets and jealousy is also a catalyst for her awakening.
There’s much to admire in this intriguing, textured account of simmering sibling tensions, secrets and jealousy. (Screen International)