四十不惑 | Family Portrait

Family Portrait

After laying bare backward village mentalities in Bloody Morning, Li Shaohong turns her attention to China’s urban middle class. Cao is a photographer, married to an opera singer and with an infant son, caught in the usual professional morass of political compromise. His life starts to fall apart when he learns that his ex-wife also bore him a son some months after their divorce – and when the boy turns up looking for his father. Nothing wildly dramatic, just believable people in believable situations. If the ending seems a touch forced, this is nevertheless a sign that ‘Fifth Generation’ cinema is changing and coming to terms with up-to-date realities.

Directed by Shaohong Li | Starring : Xuejian Li, Dandan Song, Jing Ye, Ding Ding, Guixiang Yang | Presented at Locarno Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival