Stranger Says: An adrift screenwriter (director/writer/editor/star Yang Mingming) and her mother share an exceedingly cramped house in Beijing. The sounds of their bickering can be heard from space. This sneakily insightful drama features a terrifically lived-in chemistry between the leads, especially when they’re trying to make nice in order to pave the way for a potential inheritance. Warm, occasionally silly (the director has a wonderfully loose-limbed screen presence), and blessedly saccharine-free throughout, with a final shot that feels like it could and should just keep on going.
by Andrew Wright