The Receptionist

Directed by: Jenny Lu
UK | Taiwan | 102 minutes
uk-premiere
Screenings
Vue West End (Leicester Square)
Thu 21st Sep 20:30
Introduction by Jenny Lu, Peter Kirby

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Vue West End (Leicester Square)
Sun 24th Sep 13:30

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Vue West End (Leicester Square)
Thu 28th Sep 20:30

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The current economic situation in the UK forces many people to seek work in businesses operating beyond the boundaries of law. Tina, a recent university graduate, starts working as a receptionist in a brothel run by the ruthless Lily. The escorts working for her, Sasa and Mei, need money for very different reasons but are equally committed to their jobs and, even more, their wages. Soon the Tina understands how money makes the world go round, but is it worth all the pain it creates, will it fill the void?
The Receptionist is a grim and all-too-real tale of disadvantaged immigrants trying to make a living by any means necessary. The escorts work and live in a dark, claustrophobic house on the outskirts of London, a city known to them only by name, an outside world that exists only beyond the brothel walls, unreachable to them. The Receptionist is a marvelous example of modern social realism cinema where the audience cares and fears for the protagonists from the first shot till the credits roll, and everyone is left with questions which only they themselves can answer.
Adam Samuel Court
Original Title
Jie Xian Yuan
Runtime
102
Cast
Teresa Daley
Chen Shiang Chyi
Joshua Whitehouse
Country
UK
Taiwan
Director(s)
Jenny Lu
Writer(s)
Jenny Lu
Yi Wen Yeh
Producer(s)
Peter J Kirby
Chang Chin
Chiou Zi-ning
Shuang Teng
Executive Producer(s)
Damian Jones
Jimmy Huang
Steve Milne
Christian Eisenbeiss
Screening Status
UK Premiere