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Women From the Lake of Scented Souls (Xian hun nu) (China, 1993)

Directed by Xie Fei. Xiang Ersao is the driving force behind her family's successful sesame oil mill. But despite her prosperity, Xiang is profoundly unhappy. As society dictates, she must endure the drunken and abusive behavior of her husband, to whom she was sold at the age of seven and married at thirteen. When her mentally ill son asks for a wife, Xiang perpetuates her own destiny by "buying" a poor, reluctant peasant girl, Huanhuan, for him. Will Xiang recognize the parallel between her own life and Huanhuan's before it is too late? 100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie DatabaseReviews and articles: Erwei, Li. "The women from the lake of scented souls." China Today, Aug93, Vol. 42 Issue 8, p27, 2p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only
Maslin, Janet. "Women From the Lake of Scented Souls." (movie reviews) New York Times v143 (Wed, Feb 16, 1994):B3(N), C20(L), col 1, 15 col in.

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