Ten year-old Xiang faces a lonely future after his father dies. Just when he thinks he's going to spend his life in the orphanage, his estranged mother shows up. And his life changes forever... A loveless mother, a hateful stepfather, a chilly home. Where's Xiang heading to? He finds comfort in drawing and his work reveals his longing for care and affection. Life is full of hope again when he meets the old school janitor who doesn't show his kindness easily and a portly man who has crazy ideas and is haunted with nightmares of his brother. A scary truth is about to be unmasked. Will Xiang be able to depict his own image in the fourth portrait? Written by
Locarno Film Festival
Did You Know?
When filming the scene where the violent Dad kicking the child, the child actor Bi was very well-padded and mattresses were laid on the ground where he was going to fall. In such a protective environment, it was hard for the director to capture the right expressions and gestures he wanted. Hence, the director asked the lead actor Leon Dai to push Bi unnoticeably, and Bi fell off a chair by accident. Bi was shocked, physically hurt, but he continued to film while crying hard. While Bi was left with a trauma, the accident did give the director a successful scene. See more