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The Beaten Generation
16 March 2005 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Artists and intellectuals both, Dong and Chun are a couple whose relationship seems frozen in boredom and routine. Dong, a painter, hardly touches a canvas anymore and Chun gets increasingly frustrated by the emptiness of their daily lives.

The movie never gives an explanation for the couple's alienation and apathy, but it's not hard to guess: it's 1993, four years after the Tienanmen protests, and Dong and Chun are the kind of people who would have been there.

Shot clandestinely, The Days is a portrait of a generation whose hopes and ideals were crushed by tanks and guns. It's not an easy film to sit through, as it's basically 75 minutes of people doing nothing, but the effort is rewarding and it's as close as you'll get to an anti-government Chinese film.


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