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Run Time: 90 minutes
It’s Ying-Juan Jiang’s 30th birthday. Instead of spending the day with friends, she celebrates by drinking alone and eating take-out on a park bench. Her humiliation is amplified when a group of teens mocks her for being overweight. In Ying-Juan’s Chinese city, obesity is uncommon, and she is openly criticized. The stigma is so strong that it’s the reason she isn’t head chef at the private school her mother founded and manages. Her mother refuses to allow someone of her stature to plan the menu and demands Ying-Juan complete a weight loss program. Ying-Juan acquiesces, but the program proves more concerned with hocking products than supporting its clients. When Ying-Juan’s desperate attempts at weight loss don’t work, her actions become extreme. Her only solace is found in a ragtag group of friends comprised of a cross-dressing young boy and a package delivery driver struggling to maintain his own extreme weight loss. HEAVY CRAVING is a portrait of three individuals desperate to fit in, even at the cost of their true selves. (In Mandarin with subtitles) — R.R.
Tower City Cinemas
Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 4:10 PM ET
Friday, April 03, 2020 at 6:35 PM ET
Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 1:20 PM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
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