妈妈 | Mama

Mama

The film focuses on a librarian struggling to raise her mentally handicapped son in modern day Beijing while at the same time dealing with an absent and unresponsive husband. The story garnered much criticism from state-censors, who found the film too dark. While the film was originally written to end on the dour note of the mother euthanizing her son, director Zhang Yuan eventually opted for a more open-ended and ambiguous conclusion.

Directed by Yuan Zhang | Starring : Qing Yan, Xiaodan Yang | Presented at Nantes Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Venice Film Festival

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