Hua, a young teacher from Beijing, is a recent arrival in Paris.
Exiled in an unknown city, she wanders between her tiny apartment and the university, drifting between former lovers and recent French acquaintances. She meets Matthieu, a young worker who falls madly in love with her. Possessed by an insatiable desire for her body, he treats Hua like a dog.
An intense affair begins, marked by Matthieu’s passionate embraces and harsh verbal abuse. When Hua determines to leave her lover, she discovers the strength of her addiction, and the vital role he has come to play in her life as a woman. –Wild Bunch
Lou Ye (simplified Chinese: 娄烨; traditional Chinese: 婁燁; pinyin: Lóu Yè; Wade-Giles: Lou Yeh), born 1965, is a Chinese writer-director who is commonly grouped with the “Sixth Generation” directors of Chinese cinema and is currently banned from filmmaking by the Chinese government for five years as a result of controversy surrounding his film, Summer Palace.
Born in Shanghai, Lou was educated at the Beijing Film Academy. In 1993, he made his first film Weekend Lover, but it was not released until two years later in 1995. Lou, however, did not gain international prominence until his second film, the neo-noir Suzhou River. That film dealt with questions of identity and proved quite controversial upon its release in China. Upon its release, international audiences praised Suzhou River, which several critics felt evoked Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, particularly in how both films focus on a man obsessed with a mysterious woman.
In 2003, Lou Ye made the film Purple Butterfly starring… read more
AMOR E DOR é um filme sem fronteiras que fica no limbo entre a China e a França. Entre as diferentes políticas e culturas, entre as diferentes raças e territórios, entre o sexo e o amor, entre a violência e a ternura. Entre, afinal, amor e dor. Um verdadeiro sentimento humano, mas solitário também.
TIFF '11 Have been a fan of Lou Ye since the start but this picture made in exile is really quite a non-starter. Sex, sex and more sex is about all it offers A chinese woman studying in France is dumped by the man she followed there and almost immediately is picked up by an unlikable french construction worker (Tahar Rahim showing none of the talent shown in previous work) who rapes her just for starts. Gets worse.
Lou Ye’s adaptation of Jie Liu-falin’s Bitch with Tahar Rahim and Corinne Yam fails to provoke the critics.