Director: Wang Jing. Screenwriter: Wu Nan. Based on a novel by Fang Fang. Cinematographer: Liu Younian. Production Designer: Bai Hao. Editor: Feng Wen. Sound: Wang Changrui. Composer: Yang Sili. Cast: Yan Bingyan, Jiao Gang, Chen Gang.
With a studious, young son and a husband with a steady job, Li Baoli seems poised for upward mobility and a happy family life. And yet the Wuhan shopkeeper’s helper seems incapable of inner peace. Viewed with grave concern by family and friends, she harasses and belittles her husband until he is driven to extremes, whereupon life takes a drastic turn. Director Wang Jing renders this family story with shrewdness and compassion, locating the seeds of trouble in powerful crosscurrents of class and gender. Award-winning actor Yan Bingyan delivers a knockout performance as Li Baoli, a woman perpetually clouded with confusion as to why her life is in such disarray. – Shannon Kelley
HDCAM, color, Putonghua with English subtitles, 120 min.