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Baby Unclassified 18+
Bao Bei Er

Director: Jie Liu Country: China (2018)
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles

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Executive produced by Hou Hsiao-hsien (The Assassin, MIFF 2015) and anchored by a powerhouse performance from popular star Yang Mi, this propulsive social thriller examines the far-reaching consequences of China’s one-child policy.

When she’s not cleaning a local children’s hospital, 19-year-old Jiang Meng endeavours to assist disadvantaged kids – born with a congenital condition, requiring multiple operations as a baby and then abandoned to foster care, she was one herself. Just as she’s trying to build her adult life, Meng discovers a newborn infant with the same illness she has, and a father who has decided against life-saving surgery.

Following the young woman’s determined fight, writer/director Liu Jie draws upon another true tale, as he did with previous features Courthouse on Horseback and Judge. With an impassioned attitude, Liu expertly builds the tension, escalating the everyday reality of China’s uncaring bureaucracy into a dynamic thriller that champions empathy above all else.

“Devastating yet brimming with tender compassion, the film is a veiled critique of the rigidity of Chinese state welfare, discrimination of women and the disabled, and how kindness nonetheless survives in a harsh world.” – Variety

Tickets

4071
Fri 02 Aug 9:00 pm [4071]
Baby (96 mins)
Kino 2 Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access100% Subtitles
Past event
7471
Sat 10 Aug 1:30 pm [7471]
Baby (96 mins)
Hoyts 6 Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access100% Subtitles
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

To book a wheelchair space or to advise of other access requirements, please contact Box Office on (03) 8660 4898 or email boxoffice@miff.com.au
Director
Jie Liu
Producer
Gao Shan
Screenwriter
Jie Liu
Cinematographer
Florian J. E. Zinke
Editors
Ching-Song Liao, William Cheung
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital
Company Credit
World Sales: Wild Bunch

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