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Fang Lei, a Beijing housewife, is leading a peaceful and affluent life with her husband and daughter. Life goes by until one day a man appears in her dreams. His appearance is unclear, but the touch of his body is awakening a woman Fang Lei didn't know she could be. This shadow slowly becomes the lover she can't live without. Afraid of starting to loose her mind, she turns to a Taoist Monk for help. But the separation with her inner ghost is too painful and she soon returns to him. Written by
First hour is promising, arousing our interest in a logical development and ending. Alas, nothing of the sort happens
I saw this film during the Rotterdam film festival 2013 (IFFR), where it was part of the official Tiger Award competition. The first hour was promising, nicely visualized and an interesting plot. It does one long for a logical continuation and a gratifying finale. How our main character (Fang Lei) looses her child, is a bit vague but still anything can work out for better or for worse (being labeled as Drama, probably worse). Good acting, an unconventional story, so what will happen next??
Alas, the last half hour was lost on me: too many priests, fortune tellers and other misty figures, all of them failing to solve anything. It's a pity, as one can think of much better endings. The initial situation that started the film, offered a lot of possibilities, so many that I cannot understand how and why these opportunities got lost in the process.
All in all, I see no reason to recommend this film. It is not a ghost story, contrary to the synopsis on the festival website. Albeit mysterious, the nightly visitor does not make it such. It is not satire either, but someone living in China may see that differently.
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