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13 March 2002 (France) See more »
A prostitute from the Northeast, desperate and unable to make ends meet, abandons her baby. An unemployed... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Unsentimental neo-realism with just a touch of mystery See more (5 total) »



Directed by
Chao Wang 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chao Wang  novel
Chao Wang  screenplay

Produced by
Fang Li .... executive producer
Chao Wang .... producer
Cinematography by
Xi Zhang 
Film Editing by
Chao Wang 
Production Design by
Chao Wang 
Sound Department
Wang Yu .... sound
Other crew
Claire Viroulaud .... press attache


Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Anyangde guer" - China (original title)
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84 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Chosen by "Telerama" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2002 (#08)See more »


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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Unsentimental neo-realism with just a touch of mystery, 8 June 2001
Author: sprach from Rome, Italy

This modern neo-realist pic by Wang Chao, former assistant to Chen Kaige, faithfully follows in the genre's credo (no professional actors used, ultra-long takes of banal activity, strong social commentary), but refuses to fall into the sentimentality trap and offers a touch more to ponder upon. Hapless unemployed man decides to take care of abandoned baby on the promise (made on a note attached to baby) of a monthly 200 yuan 'expense stipend' to be claimed by calling an anonymous phone number. While the plot, revealing itself on a very steady pace, contains some interesting twists and complications, the focus, gradually but increasingly more clearly, is on the characters, who become more and more known to us as the film progresses. While our hearts are tugged aplenty throughout, film clearly does not play the violin for any one character, instead placing each in the proper context of an overall unidentifiable malaise, unidentifiable precisely because it's so complete, so encapsulating. Even the line between good and bad becomes completely blurred, and, again, we are left with nothing but character.

Very ambiguous, almost abrupt, ending leads one to conclude that nothing's clear, nothing ever will be clear, that no one ever has full control over anything, which, ironically, offers the vaguest possibility of hope, something not hinted at throughout the film.

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