Wet Season is a 2019 Singaporean film directed by Anthony Chen.
A social metaphor with subtle references to the culture of overseas Chinese, the film reveals from understatement to understatement the weight of an unspoken story that leads to the exclusion of the individual from a seemingly happy world.
Ling, a Sinomalese immigrant, is married to Andrew Lim, a Singaporean businessman who is often absent, both physically and mentally. Eight years of artificial insemination trials have all failed. She is closer to her stepfather, an intellectual himself born in China. Now in a wheelchair, this one, although aphasic, kept all his alertness. It is up to her to provide him with intimate care, which she takes on as a mother.
Ling teaches Mandarin, a subject considered negligible, in a senior year class at a high school in Singapore. The pupils hardly respect this Hoklo which they imagine Buddhist or even superstitious and who eats durian, a fruit with a very strong smell that his brother sells in the street. Neither her colleague, who is a neighbor, nor her manager can regard her as one of their own. One of her champion chang quan students, Weilun Kok, however, needs to take remedial lessons with her. This one's parents work abroad and rely on his future skills to turn their business around.
The circumstances, the private lessons, the fruit, the parental absence, the attachment to the tradition of traditional martial arts, the death of the father-in-law, thus depriving Ling of her place in her home, will lead the teacher and her pupil to to get closer.
Yeo Yann Yann: Ling
Jia Ler Koh: Weilun
Christopher Lee Ming-Shun: Andrew, Ling's husband
Shi Bin Yang: the stepfather