Children Of Invention
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Children Of Invention
One of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film," writer-director Tze Chun makes his feature film debut with one of the most-awarded and best-reviewed films of the year. CHILDREN OF INVENTION is by turns humorous and heartbreaking, an "edge-of-your-seat family drama" (Spout) that's both "powerfully moving and rigorously intelligent."(Boston Phoenix).After being evicted, hardworking single mom Elaine Cheng (Cindy Cheung, Lady in the Water) tries to maintain a normal life for her children, Raymond and Tina. Elaine juggles a number of jobs,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An independent film that's all about forced independence."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Restraint proves a virtue of -- and a shrewd if necessary choice for -- Children of Invention, a modestly scaled, quietly effective independent movie about a struggling single mother and her two children."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"It's a promising start for director Tze Chun, but despite the film's charms, the story doesn't get interesting enough early enough."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Children of Invention's derives its beauty from its casually obsessed dwelling on the minutia of dreaming when you're down and out."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Shows enormous love and respect for those clutching at the short end of the American Dream."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Performances are realistic and unpretentious, and the backbone of this observant movie by a director-writer with a promising future."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Preserving a sense of hope for today's children, there is too much in this film that is too hard to believe."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"Heartfelt but dramatically tepid tale of two kids who must fend for themselves after their single mom goes missing."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"Chen and Chiu's genuine, rarely cloying performances along with Cheung's urgent sincerity add immeasurably to this timely film's many modest pleasures."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Heartfelt but dramatically tepid tale of two kids who must fend for themselves after their single mom goes missing."
‑ Frank Lovece, Hollywood Reporter
"keeps the danger and sadness at bay, instead giving us two fairly developed kid characters"
‑ Norm Schrager,
"A more than welcome addition, in a film world where mothers more often than not, get a bad rap for everything that ails US society when it comes to shortchanging children."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
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