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3.5
6 Ratings

Baby

Bao Bei Er

Directed by Liu Jie
China, 2018
Drama

Synopsis

When a woman who was abandoned at birth because of a genetic disorder sees a child facing the same fate, she finds herself trying to persuade their parents to reconsider and goes to extreme lengths to save the child, in Liu Jie’s latest.

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Baby Directed by Liu Jie

Critics reviews

This tough, visually austere piece has Hou Hsaio-Hsien on board as executive producer – but audiences shouldn’t expect any of his contemplative aesthetics in a film that has more in common stylistically with the Dardenne brothers, or with Chinese directors such as Wang Xiaoshuai, on whose 2001 Beijing Bicycle Liu worked as DoP.
September 27, 2018
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What might have been a weepy melo of social responsibility—or, alternately, in almost any other Chinese director’s hands, a propaganda-ready exercise in state paternalism and unctuous good-mindedness—is transformed by Yang Mi’s terrific performance.
September 12, 2018
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Devastating yet brimming with tender compassion, the film is a veiled critique of the rigidity of Chinese state welfare, discrimination of women and the disabled, and how kindness nonetheless survives in a harsh world. Writer-director Liu Jie’s vérité style captures China’s new working-class milieu, imbuing the gripping plot turns with gritty authenticity.
September 10, 2018
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