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Russian Red #7

Russian Red #7
The story interchanges between Luo-yi?s, life in present day Paris to her past in Beijing, 10 years prior. In both settings, Luo-yi tackles her struggles as an HIV positive mother. Through her teenage eyes, we experience the punishing intolerance of her HIV positive status in China. We are helpless as community, friends, and even family reject Luo-yi for fear of transmission. They shun Luo-yi claiming she deserves to die because of her ?gay disease?. Luo-yi?s youth and vulnerability against the backdrop of an intolerant Beijing is juxtaposed by her experiences as an embittered and brazen adult in Paris. Here, she is convinced that she must negotiate her identity when she comes upon the unexpected love of her life, Jerome.

Luo-yi?s life as a teenager in Beijing is atypical. Luo-yi and her boyfriend, Chun, are excited to embark on their lives together as parents, until Luo-yi finds a letter from a blood bank. The letter informs them that Chun?s blood was rejected because it tested positive with the HIV/AIDS. Brought up in the conservative Chinese community, Luo-yi knows she must rid herself of Chun and the polluted pregnancy. All the while, audiences watch Luo-yi?s life in France become convoluted as she is determined to conceal her past from Jerome.

Exposing the truth of her status gets Luo-yi thrown out of her childhood home. Her mother is terrified of contracting the disease from her daughter. As an outcast, Luo-yi moves in with her grandmother and befriends the sex workers at a local barbershop. These non-judgmental women give Luo-yi the courage to embrace her true self, even the ugly parts. The Madam of the shop gives Luo-yi a crimson lipstick called Russian Red #7. Luo-yi puts on the lipstick and we watch her almost instantly transform.

Our story culminates in Paris. Reaching frustration, we then finally see Luo-yi actively confront her repugnant scars and rectify the false narrative she?s been living to liberate herself, her family, and Jerome. She?s never experienced more fear or thrill all at the same time.

At the end of our journey, audiences identify themselves with Luo-yi, feeling that her fight and triumph are their own. In this film, we are watching ourselves come to terms with our past and present selves, no matter how torrid our histories may be. Our HIV positive protagonist, Luo-yi, represents the shadowy side of uncertainty that exists in all facets of life in this world. She acts as a warning of how susceptible we are to slight twists in fortune that can destroy one?s positive circumstances. She reminds us that we are able to act in seemingly opposite capacities: good and bad, cruel and compassionate.
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