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Li Xuelian and her husband stage a fake divorce to secure a second apartment in the city reserved by the government for single people. But when her husband remarries months later to a different woman, a furious Li files a lawsuit and takes her fight to the highest levels of government in Beijing.
Pairing one of China’s most successful commercial filmmakers with one of its biggest stars, this formally adventurous morality play from Feng Xiaogang is a captivating Kafkaesque epic. With a terrific lead in Fan Bingbing, I Am Not Madame Bovary mounts a withering crusade against state bureaucracy.