The film tells a story of Mariana, a nurse who leaves Lisbon to accompany an immigrant worker in a comatose sleep on his trip home to Cape Verde. The devoted Portuguese nurse took a journey only to find herself lost in abstract drama.
Inês de Medeiros,
Isaach De Bankolé,
After the Portuguese government demolishes his slum and relocates him to a housing project on the outskirts of Lisbon, 75-year-old Cape Verde immigrant Ventura wanders between his new and ... See full summary »
Tsai Ming-liang returns with this latest entry in his Walker series, in which his monk acquires an unexpected acolyte in the form of Denis Lavant as he makes his way through the streets of a sun-dappled Marseille.
A couple embarks on a journey home for Chinese new year along with 130 million other migrant workers, to reunite with their children and struggle for a future. Their unseen story plays out as China soars towards being a world superpower.
There are some films that you enjoy and some that you admire but not necessarily enjoy watching. The Ditch comes under the latter category. This enactment of the brutalities handed out to some Chinese citizens in late fifties & early sixties by the Mao regime, under the guise of "Re-Education", is certainly tough going. In fact there were several walkouts in the screening that I attended. Although The Ditch is a well made film with realistic performances and tightly controlled direction, it does raise the question of what is necessary to be shown on the screen and what should be left to the viewer's imagination. As an example, a graphic depiction of some one throwing up food and another prisoner feeding himself on the vomit is not everybody's idea of entertainment or even enlightenment. But, as a piece of film making and a history lesson, The Ditch has many worthwhile attributes though one may want to look the other way during certain scenes.
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