Senin, 18 April 2011
Shaohong Li - Lian ai zhong de Bao Bei aka Baober in Love (2004)
Lian ai zhong de Bao Bei aka Baober in Love
Shaohong Li, China 2004
Runtime: 95 min
Chinese Women in the Director’s Chair:
This was a major surprise. A mainland Chinese movie, that in places is close to surrealistic in it’s imagery. To get a film like that through the Chinese censors signals a major change!
Baober is a beautiful young girl, who is slowly falling apart. She is trying to cope with childhood traumas and hoping for a passionate, romantic future. Liu also dreams of love and is bored with his materialistic life. To relieve boredom he confesses his dreams and uneasiness to his video camera. Baober finds his video tape and falls for him. She wins his love, and the move in together in an old abandoned factory building. Can Baober forget her traumas, will they stay in love and live happily ever after?
Dizzying camera movements, fast cutting and a kaleidoscope of colors makes for a furious opening of the film. Director Li Shaohong (the only female Director of the famous fifth wave generation of Directors in China) made a film about the massive changes in China. What happens to the soul as we embrace this hectic modern life? We yearn for love, but will we recognize it, if we are lucky enough to meet it? Is love just a dream?
Like Betty Blue without the misogyny, this is sexy, funny/sad and entirely captivating.