Inspired by the notorious case of a young man’s 2008 murder of six Shanghai police officers, the remarkable new film from independent Chinese auteur Ying Liang focuses on the killer’s mother, as she both struggles to comprehend her son’s heinous act and is persecuted by a state that willfully ignores its own laws. —Toronto International Film Festival
Another nail to the coffin of the subtle chinese tyranny. The introspective long shots delighted me along with a dry and melancholic performance by An Nai. The prologue's documentaristic contribute is indeed a necessity for whom has fought and is fighting, and for whom is watching from far away and seems unaware, but keeps watching.
TIFF '12 Locarno winner for director and actress is a difficult picture to take in without previous knowledge of the case in question. The first moments lay out the facts in a documentary fashion but once the character of the mother is introduced the film follows a more scripted pattern. Lead actress is quite memorable but the clinical tone of the picture makes it seem much longer than its brief runtime.
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