Three interleaving stories shed light on an unfamiliar face of the Asian diaspora — an enormous informal marketplace in Buenos Aires that draws migrants from throughout the world. As a Korean businessman frets over his daughter’s pending nuptials, a Bolivian teenager and his uncle cross the border illegally searching for work, and a Taiwanese clerk woos a security guard at the market in between late night calls home to his worried mother. Lyrical but measured, Juan Martín Hsu’s debut feature is a uniquely polyglot film, with significant amounts of dialogue in Korean, Mandarin, and Spanish. It’s fitting — like its characters, LA SALADA finds itself connected to many cultures but not bound to any one of them.
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