Peter Chan's Comrades: Almost A Love Story is a beautifully realized story of connection, one which employs a grandiose and affecting melodrama framework to deliver an incisive exploration of diaspora and identity in a world of globalization. The story of two mainlanders attempting to make their way in Hong Kong, the text of the film is a deeply mature and endearing story, one which fully illustrates the intangibles and environmental factors which often operate outside of our control when it comes to the pursuit of shared connection and companionship. Largely through subtext, Chan’s endearing love story is an affront to the pervasive faux-promises of consumerist culture, one in which materialism itself rests atop the hierarchy of personal attainment. The insidious effect it places on the social fabric is purveyed through a touching and effective almost love story in which the pursuit of material gains eschews the spiritual and deeply individual pursuits of love and companionship.
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