A convict is sent to a labor camp in desolate Northwestern China during the Cultural Revolution. In order to see his daughter in the movie, he escapes and sets off to the cinema in a nearby village. There he crosses paths with a homeless girl who is desperate for the film reel and will steal it by any means. The enigmatic film reel that sets their agendas apart soon becomes the root of their unexpected friendship.
“One Second is as much a tribute to the struggles of a man whose life has stolen from him as it is to a bygone way of looking at movies.” ~Jake Cole, Slant