China | 2023 | 90 min
Language : Chinese
Subtitles : English, French
ZONTA Awards for creative support
In this impressive and courageous first feature, Alan Zhang follows the journey of a young woman in order to profoundly question the role of women in contemporary Chinese society. To what obligations and expectations are they subjected, and how can they free themselves from these constraints? A political and timely film, with a wonderful protagonist and a playful tone.
In this impressive and courageous first feature, Alan Zhang relates the journey of a young woman following the loss of the job she had in Beijing for the past ten years. Beibei, the protagonist, hates the idea of living the standard life of a typical wife and mother. Upon the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, she returns to her hometown to find ways of living for herself, her parents, and her child. In an effort to keep up with everyday life, she navigates different kinds of intimate relationships, confronting the idea of romantic love, and embarks on a journey of deep self-exploration. The protagonist's quest creates a dialogue with different generations and allows the filmmaker to profoundly question the role of women in contemporary Chinese society: how relations are predetermined, what are the rules and the expectations, and how it might be possible to emancipate oneself from them. With a playful tone and a keen use of cinematic language, This Woman is eminently political and timely.
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