Over the past month of Olympics mania, the Chinese have been both so glorified and so vilified that its hard to tell what the real China and its normal people is like. Those interested in seeing a more nuanced portrait of the very complex nation might check out Luxury Car, a film by Chinese director Wang Chao, screening at Rice Cinema. It follows an aging man whos returned to the central Chinese city of Wuhan, set on the Yangtze river. The man is in pursuit of his missing son. He cant locate the son but does find his daughter, who works as an escort in a karaoke bar. She cant help her father much, because shes sleeping with (and pregnant by) her gangster boss who may or may not have something to do with the brothers whereabouts. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Rice University, 6100 Main. For information, call 713-348-3138 or visit ricecinema.rice.edu. $6.
Fri., Aug. 29, 8 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 30, 8 p.m., 2008