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Mrs. Fang

方绣英 | Fang Xiuying

Regissert av Wang Bing
Frankrike, Kina, 2017


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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Mrs. Fang Regissert av Wang Bing
Aestheticizing death doesn’t come without a price, but as one sits there in the dark, staring into the minuscule spasms of life that make a frozen face vibrate, the very vocation of the cinematic experience as an often-metaphorical encounter with death seems to achieve a new level of clarity, of physical awareness.
November 28, 2018
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Some will no doubt find Wang’s gaze on Mrs. Fang to be pitiless, but then the guiding principle of the film is to capture the cruel horror of the comforting din of the familiar becoming unknown to us.
February 21, 2018
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For documentary ethicists, there is something unsettling about the film’s glaringly intrusive shooting style and its relentless documentation of Mrs. Fang’s slow demise. Wang, however, seems to be alerting us to the even more disturbing ethical morass created by his protagonist’s family, a bickering, bored contingent of relatives who appear oblivious to Mrs. Fang’s suffering.
December 11, 2017
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  • Lucas Granero's rating of the film Mrs. Fang

    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.

  • Dries's rating of the film Mrs. Fang

    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

  • Eric Eidelstein's rating of the film Mrs. Fang

    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.

  • Sunil Chauhan's rating of the film Mrs. Fang

    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.

  • Robert John Torres's rating of the film Mrs. Fang

    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.

  • 상빈 윤's rating of the film Mrs. Fang

    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.

  • João Martins's rating of the film Mrs. Fang

    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.

  • Jeff Heinzl's rating of the film Mrs. Fang

    As the still image above indicates, this is a movie that draws most of its power from the haunted face of its bedridden protagonist. I say 'haunted,' but that doesn't quite capture its expressive nearness to death and to dream, its refusal to be silenced by the voices planning and praying for death. The face is the film's center, demanding that we understand the rest of the world as proceeding somehow from it.

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