Fang Xiuying is 67 years old and suffers from Alzheimer’s, and yet she slowly understands that her life is coming to an end. Taking place in a quiet village in southern China, Mrs. Fang deals with the feelings of a person nearing death, as well as the lives of her relatives and neighbors.
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Bing consigue dar cuenta de una idea a la que el cine no pocas veces renuncia: que la muerte es algo tan excepcional como natural. La cercanía que instala entre su cámara y la señora Fang vuelve lo físico de su método una cuestión que intenta derribar cualquier tipo de sensacionalismo en torno a un cuerpo muriendo, para tan sólo exponerlo en su única y más justa naturaleza. Tan solo hay que mirar de cerca a los ojos.
Noioso e inconcludente. Non lasciatevi fuorviare dalla storia della vecchia morente, lo spazio a lei dedicato è davvero una piccola parte di quest'opera che definire film è impossibile dato che è più una serie di situazioni sconnesse che alla fine non emozionano e non lasciano nulla se non la solita bellezza formale.
Vedetevi Dying at grace di Allan King che è tutt'un altra storia, questo è solo x fan hardcore d Bing
Voyeuristic and intrusive. The close-ups of a woman a few days away from death, without her consent, makes for an uncomfortable viewing but also a hypnotic one. Is this how we think about poverty and suffering? We just love to watch.
i want to say WB captures something about the punishing wait for a loved one to die but i felt he was remorselessly/pitilessly intrusive w/his closeups. you learn little about her, death, alzheimers, the family - all youre left feeling is tired and upset. its a film about WBs unsparing technique, not its subject, which is what he shouldve commitmed to. death is more than repeated closeups of a dying woman's face.
A graceful, sobering portrait of the titular Mrs. Fang, an elderly working-class woman slowly dying from Alzheimer's disease. Through tender, stoic frames, the film has the viewer [quite literally] stare death directly in the eye. Although potentially exploitative, Wang never pushes for pathos or poetry even, but instead demands patience and offers the viewer space to reflect on their own life, family, and mortality.
Cinema is all about to know the moment to stare deeply and the time to step back. It's an intricate crossing between the bravery of seeing the mortified and letting the void, the nothingness put a hole on time. That's where we, the spectators, sit on a crumbling time and begin to speculate the invisible.
Definitely different from his previous films like 'Till Death Do Us Part, but Mrs. Fang reaches the point of the humanity aspect of Alzheimer's disease and death only felt by herself. Wang Bing is not intrusive as we may think at first. His work is trying to show the real facts of human factor: the way we feel it in our skin and the way people around us percept the struggle in cause.