Wet Season showcases a student-teacher relationship in a nuanced and emotional way.
This post for Wet Season is spoiler-free.
Wet Season (2019, written and directed by Anthony Chen) follows the story of a Chinese teacher Ling (Yeo Yann Yann) and her student Wei Lun (Koh Jia Ler), as they navigate their way through a complicated and inappropriate student-teacher relationship.
Set in the monsoon weather season in humid Singapore, Anthony Chen makes Wet Season stand out from other local films through the authentic portrayal of everyday Singaporean life.
Wet Season is a highly relatable film in the Singapore context, as subject matters such as the lack of importance for the Chinese language, and the inappropriate May-December romance storyline are all issues that have happened in the country.
Yeo’s performance as Chinese teacher Ling is incredibly convincing. Ling’s struggling relationship with her husband Andrew (Christopher Lee) is told through the constant loneliness that she undergoes throughout the entire film. From trying to conceive a baby, to taking care of her father-in-law alone—Ling is trapped in a loveless relationship; and then comes a young, naive teenage boy who develops a crush on his teacher.
If you have watched Chen’s previous film ILO ILO (2013) before—then the intimate sex scene between Yeo and Koh would be incredibly unpleasant to watch. It is jarring to think of how the two characters who used to play mother and son are now “lovers” in another film. But despite the coincidental casting, Yeo’s and Koh’s performances in Wet Season are incredibly layered and filled with warmth. This award buzzing film is definitely one to watch.