Skip to main content

BLISS

China, 2006 (MIFF 2007, Neighbourhood Watch)

Director: Sheng Zhimin

BLISS

What passes away is, perhaps, like the river. Day and night, it never lets up. On the banks of the Yangtze River in the misty city of Chongqing, a father and son live in the shadow of one woman - their wife and mother who abandoned them years ago and who remains ever present in the failings of their new relationships. When she returns in an unexpected manner, the burden remains but also, hopefully, there comes release. The Yangtze River mixes as a character itself in this film, constantly flowing and meandering, with vivid locations correlating with the unpredictable twists that befall the father and son. With Bliss, filmmaker Sheng Zhimin, a protégé of Fruit Chan, emerges as an impressive new talent in Chinese cinema. Nominee and award-winner at last year's Locarno Film Festival.

D Sheng Zhimin P Fruit Chan, Paul Cheng S Sheng Zhimin, Gu Zheng WS See Movie Limited L Chinese (Mandarin) w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2006/96mins

See also...

LOST IN BEIJING

Sex, greed and a little bit of love make the world go round in Lost in Beijing, Li Yu's tragi-comic view of life in the new China. Foot masseuse Liu Pingguo and husband, An Kun, a high-rise window ... More »

CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH

“Gut-wrenchingly up close and personal.” - Variety ... Filmmaker Lu Chuan (Kekexili: Mountain Patrol, MIFF 2004) shows the ‘Rape of Nanking' to be an appropriate and horrific title for the ... More »

LAO AN

Yang Lina's documentary is a fascinating insight into the late-life trials and emotion of Beijing's senior citizens. ... At 90, Lao An shows no signs of slowing down - a passion for dance gives him ... More »

LITTLE MOTH

A heartbreaking Dickens-like tale about the harsh realities of child exploitation that is both moving and ruthlessly unsentimental. ... After the death of her mother, 11-year-old ‘Little Moth' is ... More »

THE SEARCH

The first Chinese production to be shot entirely in the Tibetan language. ... Moving from one stunning mountainscape to another, a film crew undertakes a series of auditions across Tibet - presented ... More »

RED AWN, THE

“A simple, soulful film that stylistically recalls Italian neo-realist films such as The Bicycle Thief.” - Screen DailyWriter Cai Shangjun (Sunflower, MIFF 06) makes his directorial debut with ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director