Often cited as China's first independent feature film, this low-budget drama, filmed largely in the director's Beijing apartment, depicts the life of a single mother (a topic considered ...
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Often cited as China's first independent feature film, this low-budget drama, filmed largely in the director's Beijing apartment, depicts the life of a single mother (a topic considered taboo at the time) caring for her mentally challenged son. Shot with a documentary aesthetic that includes interviews with families of mentally challenged persons, the film helped kick-start the Sixth Generation of filmmakers (including Wang Xiaoshuai and Jia Zhangke) and their ethos of employing documentary realism to depict the true conditions of contemporary China.Written by
The literal translation of the title of this movie is: Mom.
This movie is a combination of cultural introspection in response to the resurgence of traditional culture, as well as an eulogy that Chinese mothers well deserved.
In the rapid Chinese economic expansion in the last two decades, there is a resurgence of traditional Chinese culture, but very unfortunately, such resurgence does not distinguish between the virtue and the dross and as a result, the not-so-favorite parts also comes back to haunt the society, such as the discrimination against women in the traditional Confucian teaching. This movie eulogizes the sacrifice the Chinese mothers have made, their joy and sorrow, and serves as a reminder to the Chinese public of gender equality.
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