Feature Film (35mm Color) 1996
An intriguing portrait of a Vietnamese mail-order bride. Lulu works behind a cosmetics counter in a department store, but behind her immaculate facade, she conceals a terrible past and a troubled present. Frustrated by her traditional parents who blame her for their unhappiness, Lulu is pursued by her seedy, ineffectual husband, Lucky, his opportunistic friend, Clive, and a persistent documentary filmmaker in search of her story. As the chain of desire that binds these three men unravels, Lulu eludes them all, her secrets intact.
“In Lulu, I wanted to make a film about that mysterious feeling of dispossession that plagues us all who have had our picture taken, and then later when we see that image, we fail to recognize ourselves. My characters inhabit this state of vulnerability. I am intrigued by masks and imposed identities: by acts of desperation committed in refugee camps; and by the new genetics.”
– Srinivas Krishna, 1996
Directed by Srinivas Krishna
Screenplay: Robert Armstrong and Srinivas Krishna
Producers: Robert Bergman and Srinivas Krishna
DoP: Paul Sarossy Production Design: Tamara Deverall Costume Design: Aline Gilmour
Editor: Michael Munn Music: Leslie Winston Sound Design: Alan Geldart
Starring: Kim Lieu, Clark Johnson, Michael Rhoades, Manuel Aranguiz, Saeed Jaffrey and Peter Breck
A Divani Films Production
With the participation of Telefilm Canada, the Ontario Film Development Corporation and Alliance Communications Ltd.
© Divani Films Inc.
Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival, 1996
Competition, International Film Festival of Mar Del Plata, Argentina, 1996
Asian American Film Festival, NY, 1996
Toronto International Film Festival, 1996
Hampton’s International Film Festival, 1996
International Film Festival of India, 1997
Distributed Worldwide by Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc.