VIFF 2013 review: Trap Street
A China in which the most private matters come under public scrutiny makes for an impressive first feature for writer-director Vivian Qu (who will attend). The movie begins with just the right combination of mystery and everyday life when a young surveying trainee (and part-time bugging specialist) gets smitten with the pretty woman who works at a strange lab on a street not found on any map. It bogs down a little as the government-investigation part becomes literal, rather than suggested, but it’s a cleverly assembled peek into a perhaps-too-orderly future for, well, every nation with electricity and police.
Vancity, October 1 (6:45 p.m.); IV, October 2 (1:15 p.m.)