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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
If you have spent serious time in Beijing this film will resonate
This film explores the inner life of the Beijing middle class, and in particularly women, in a way that will not be easily understood by Westerners.
Could only have been done by a female director to portray the sexual longing and the motherly tenderness.
The fortune tellers, buddhist monks, vacations in Dubai, boy toys, dreams and ghost stories are all quite a part of life. As is the iPad game obsessed husband who ignores his wife, the Karaoke club and many other scenes.
Thus the Asian film awards and puzzlement by others. The film has weaknesses and strengths. Well worth 90 minutes of your time to get a perspective I have not otherwise seen portrayed.
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