Film très intéressant dans sa façon de nous faire vivre les difficultés que doivent dépasser les jeunes femmes éduquées et libre-penseuses en Chine. Film un peu féministe, mais axé surtout sur le quotidien des gens là-bas. Critique pertinente de la propagande et du contrôle de la vie courante par le gouvernement. On a un peu l'impression qu'être soi-même est devenu impossible, tant en Chine qu'en occident...
If Lotus is an unsophisticated, mediocre film, Liu Shu, at least, is a compelling puzzle. Subversion and conformity are woven together with perplexingly unfeigned sincerity; valid critiques of patriarchy & authoritarianism are set up to look a lot like the rote misgivings of naive, headstrong youth. By the end, it all seems less a ploy for the censors than a genuine adaptation against cognitive dissonance. Strange.
Maturing in a society where everyone is expected to live like they are told by their elders/the party and not think for oneself, a young intellectual tries to live her life against the grain, accepting little compromise. She starts as a teacher in a small town and tries a few other jobs. It's an old story, told at a slow pace. What makes it a bit more interesting (for a Western viewer) is the fact that it's Chinese
' when expectation and sorrow, they become a part of life and the heart goes soft' Lotus is an intelligent film. There are a subtle amount of surreal scenes that demonstrate passive and active ways of containing the restlessness of your 20's. It is worth watching for the ending especially.