July Rhapsody (AKA Man of 40)
(Laam yan sei sap)

Screening on Film
Directed by Ann Hui.
With Jacky Cheung, Anita Mui, Kar Yan Lam.
Hong Kong, 2002, 35mm, color, 103 min.
Cantonese with English subtitles.

A literature teacher in an elite Hong Kong high school experiences a midlife crisis when a student confesses her love for him. His temptation for the young woman is compounded by the arrival of his former teacher, who had an affair with his wife. Following her earlier film Summer Snow (aka Woman, Forty), which examined the struggles of a middle-aged housewife, Hui demonstrates her strength as a narrative filmmaker with this finely drawn cast of characters who plausibly confront real-life struggles.

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