A young farmer and his father are barely able to survive on their meagre corn harvest and so they make their way down from the mountains to the village to borrow money from their relatives working in jade mines or on opium plantations. But missing paperwork, deceit and corruption have left them impoverished too. Finally, the father pawns his cow for a moped so that his son can earn a living as a taxi driver. His first customer is Sanmei, who has returned to Myanmar to bury her grandfather. She decides not to go back to China and to get out of an arranged marriage in order to begin a new life with her son in her old country. When Sanmei accepts a job as a drug runner she persuades the young farmer to be her driver.
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★★★½ review by Andy Wang on Letterboxd
Moving at a deliberate pace, Ice Poison is a slow-burn drama that gradually takes effect if you invest enough patience in the characters' journey. The film subtly addresses the devastating hardship and poverty Burmese immigrants and citizens are faced with nowadays, and it sometimes feels like a socio-documentary with keen observation of the hidden corners of Burmese society in the slow, naturalistic dialogue scenes among the characters.
I am impressed with the film's calmly assured direction both in visual style and storytelling, and the performances are as naturalistic and powerful as they come. The ending is also brilliantly effective in a lot of ways. Midi Z. is surely a director to watch:)
★★★★ review by Carlos Magalhães on Letterboxd
It takes a very insightful director to tackle different social matters in this subtle way, never preaching or offering solutions, with a story that unfolds in a careful pace and gives us time to connect with the characters as we closely observe their lives and actions.
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★★★★ review by Steve Rogers on Letterboxd
A slow paced bit wonderful film about the struggles of two people in Burma. Long shots that, if the viewer is patient, will reward you. An almost documentary feel to the narrative that makes the viewer feel the sad emotional state the permeates the film.
★★★★ review by MOVIEGOER on Letterboxd
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