Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre St., Manhattan)
Winter Vacation is a hilariously dry look at the existential crises of a small town community in Mongolia. If you are patient with this movie you will find its bizarre sense of humor endearing. It is written to be slow-moving, with long pauses between the actors’ deadpan delivery of dialogue. The everyday incidents of these ordinary lives are the stuff of much philosophical sighing, and some refreshing comedy.
Each scene frames a mundane interaction, the dialogue countering the bleakness of the characters’ lives with effortless humour. The sets and cinematography are simple and minimalistic, letting the script have its quirky effect against breathtaking backdrops.