When it is time for the Chinese gaokao, the entire country comes to a standstill. For nearly ten million high school students, this two-day national college entrance exam will determine where and if they get to study. It is not uncommon for the fates of entire families to hinge on the results. Like so many others, Nian has been single-mindedly preparing for the exam, at the exclusion of everything else and all alone. A classmate has committed suicide and she has become the target of relentless bullying. Meanwhile, fate brings her together with small-time criminal Bei and the two of them seal a pact. Derek Kwok-cheung Tsang's intense melodramatic thriller paints a bleak picture of an oppressive society, in the guise of a gripping fairy-tale love story.
Did You Know?
The film was selected to have its world premiere at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, held from 7 to 17 February 2019, where it was to be played as part of the Generation 14plus program. However, it was announced shortly before the start of the festival, on 4 February 2019, that all four screenings had to be canceled. No particular reason was given, so it is possible that the full movie was not ready in time.
The cancellation allowed the festival to instead program additional screenings of "37 Seconds
(2019)", "Reconstructing Utøya
(2018)" and two award-winners from that year's the Generation 14plus program. See more