What does a man do when he achieved success and has had no time for his wife of 7 years? Well, he eventually discovered one fine day that he had become dispensable. Not that she’s having some extra-marital affairs, rather she had learned to live in her own world and learned how to enjoy life on her own. He had been blind to her existence and growth all these years.
The story began as Yangzheng left his home in Beijing because he couldn’t catch the Sports News one night at his home on the TV (his routine) and went out to get a room in the hotel across his apartment. When he realized his wife Wenhui didn’t looked for him after his “disappearance” for some 27 hours, (not even one single text message), he then realized that they had drifted apart without a thought. That’s when he began to spy on his wife from across his home and wondered what’s up with his beautiful wife. He felt it’s up to his wife to “find” him again.
It’s an interesting way to see a person’s perspective and the director portrayed a common story in an unconventional approach. Very refreshing! It details the current trend of increasing divorces in the society. A Zhang Yibai film starring Li Yapeng and Xu Jinglei about romance, marriage, divorce and finding each other again.
The story then flashed back to a school reunion where they met (not for the first time) but just at a time when the two leads were getting over first divorces with others. The two met in university, had a romance but went on to marry some others. Then got divorced and met again during their school reunion in Shanghai.
Again, at this juncture, the lens flashed to Bordeaux, France. Wenhui, the lead actress, had remarried again. Yangzheng got a call from Wenhui when she was drunk and decided to fly to Bordeaux to check things out. The story proceeds to tell of Wenhui finding out her rich husband have had affair and she had invited his young mistress in the hope of trying to find out what she’s like and what her husband saw in her.
There are so many layers to this film that it showed how intricate and complex relationships are. It also implied that things are not always clean and clear cut and that there can be many ways to approach life. This type of approach and scripting may be prevalent in society but it’s not often found in Chinese cinema. It’s been quite awhile since I saw something like this. Highly stimulating and thought provoking. Well done!
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