Not entirely sure what to make of this film. However, that might very well be its allure. I read in a recent interview with Zhang Yimou--that director of the Chinese prestige picture--that he has a problem with the latest batch of Chinese independent filmmakers. After watching this, I think his worries are unfounded. I haven't seen anything so playfully meta in a long while. I enjoyed the mental exercise.
"Life's got to thrill you, but it doesn't - only art does." - Ah Ming. I liked this a lot, although during the first two thirds when they were fighting over the guy and being awful to each other, I felt like they should just fuck and get it over with. Then it seems they salvaged their friendship and the film. Narcissism wins again. What is it about filmmakers? Nice glimpse into Chinese youth culture.
With the Communist Party of China censoring everything like hotcakes, it's a treat to have access to this. This "mockumentary"' gives us a look at an unstable love/hate bond between two best friends. It's difficult to watch in certain moments, but this is a good thing. It's very emotionally satisfying, and beautiful all around.
It's hard to tell at first if these two girls are friends or not. They are quite cruel to each other in a way that almost starts treading into reality tv territory. They put it all out there though, and even if the story is patchy, ultimately it feels genuine. I hope they both get what they want in life.
Too bad the two young women couldn't find a better topic than the "short stuff" they both had sex with. I liked their filming even with the sometimes jerky movements of the camera. Their interrogation of each other was very interesting, especially when they grabbed to shoot the other's response.
This is a poignant pseudo-documentary that reveals the troubled life of two film graduates from university in Beijing. By chance they discovered that they both slept with the same sugar daddy and must now face the can of worms that come out after opening the pandora's box.