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Alone

Alone

孤独
Wang Bing
Hong Kong, France
2012
89 min
n.a.
Retrospective: Wang Bing
Synopsis

Nestled against a mountainside in the Chinese province of Yunnan lies a poor village with clay-built houses and muddy streets filled with animals and icy mist. Here, Wang Bing follows the daily lives of three sisters aged ten, six and four. Their mother left several years ago and their father works in the city. Under the semi-watchful eyes of an aunt and grandfather, the girls pick lice from their clothing, work on the land, tussle with each other and occasionally go to school.

This condensed version of Three Sisters (2012) places the emphasis on the father’s decision to take the two youngest daughters with him to the city. Left behind in the village, the eldest child endures this dramatic change with resignation. While never attempting to gloss over how harsh and hopeless the situation is, the film is not cynical in tone.

A crucial component of the film is that it repeatedly seeks out the physical perspective of the children. The camera is attentive to both the playfulness and the claustrophobic instability of their world, and often descends to their eye level, into a realm where, in the blink of an eye, work can become play, and their father can become a pair of legs to cling to.

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Credits
89 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Chinese
Director
    Wang Bing
    Wang Bing
Production
    Sylvie Faguer for Album Productions,
    Hui Mao
    Sylvie Faguer for Album Productions,
    Hui Mao
Cinematography
    Wenhai Huang,
    Wang Bing,
    Peifeng Li
    Wenhai Huang,
    Wang Bing,
    Peifeng Li
Editing
    Louis Prince
    Louis Prince
Sound
    Antoine Fournier
    Antoine Fournier
Involved TV Channel
    Arte France
    Arte France
World Sales
    Asian Shadows
    Asian Shadows
Screening copy
    Asian Shadows
    Asian Shadows

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More from the program section Retrospective: Wang Bing
In tribute to our Guest of Honor, IDFA presents six films directed by Wang Bing from 2002 to today. An uncompromising voice of present-day Chinese filmmaking, his work fearlessly chronicles socioeconomic transformations and challenging labor conditions in China.
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Alone

Alone

Wang Bing
2012
89 min