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46 Ratings

Father and Sons

Fu Yu Zi

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


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

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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The ponderous simplicity of the premise returns the viewer to the travails of thought, through which you might momentarily enter the frame, and renders abjection into beauty. Wang never preaches or overtly politicizes his subjects or their existential situation, yet his empathy is unwavering; it magically becomes our own. The family’s two anesthetizing screens, likely their most valuable possessions, are also their most valued.
November 15, 2014
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