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6.5
/10
48 Ratings

Father and Sons

Fu Yu Zi

Directed by Wang Bing
China, France, 2014
Documentary, Drama

Synopsis

In 2011, Cai took his two sons to his workplace, a factory in Fuming, where he worked as a stone caster, and found a school for them. Ever since, they have been living in a hut owned by the factory, with only one bed. We received threats from the boss and had to stop filming.

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Father and Sons Directed by Wang Bing

Awards & Festivals

Doclisboa International Film Festival

2014 | Winner: Best International Competition Feature-Length Film

Critics reviews

Documentaries such as Father and Sons will be the visual manifestations of what we have done to ourselves. And it would not be an exaggeration to say that Wang Bing seems to be one of the most prolific directors of the (human) effects of the anthropocene.
June 16, 2020
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A Wang Bing film, despite this one’s short running time of 87 minutes, has never felt this long. At the same time the film seemed unfinished, not only because of its – for Wang – short running time, but mainly because what is there of the world to be seen is, in the end, so very little when compared to the rich tapestries of Tie Xi Qu – West of the Tracks and Til Madness Do Us Part.
February 16, 2015
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In spite of the sense of closure achieved through a well-executed “24 hours in the life of…” montage, the feeling is that we are watching some rushes for a film-to-be. Nevertheless, there are several glimpses of how far richer and more profound Father and Sons could have been, had Wang and his collaborators been given the chance to keep on filming.
January 22, 2015
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