Ye Nan, a young woman of the Dai ethnic minority, is returning from Shanghai to her small home town by the rural Sino-Burmese border. She finds her daughter alienated from her and in full opposition, and a town lacking parents – they are almost all away to make money, leaving their children in the care of grandparents and relatives. Will they find a way to bridge the gap between mother and daughter, and between tradition and progress?
THE TASTE OF RICE FLOWER depicts identity issues in today’s Chinese society, in this tiny town and both between and within the mother and daughter protagonists. And it does so elegantly, wisely and without exaggerations. The cinematography is as lyrical and breathtakingly beautiful as the scenery and scenography. An unsentimental, yet heartfelt film.