Bends 2013 Ages 15+
1.00PM Sun 17 Mar 2019 (1hr 36mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free
‘Bends stars Carina Lau as Anna, a wealthy housewife living in Hong Kong whose driver Fai (Chen Kun) lives in Shenzhen in China. Anna doesn’t know much about Fai’s life, consumed as she is with hiding any evidence from the outside world that her absent husband has refused to get in contact and that her finances are quickly evaporating. Meanwhile, Fai has very different problems: His wife (Tian Yuan) is pregnant with their second child, but he can’t take her across the border to a good hospital in Hong Kong for the delivery because she’s a Chinese citizen.
Working with [Christopher] Doyle (a frequent lenser for Wong Kar-Wai), Lau has crafted a drama that’s both visually and emotionally lovely. Incorporating an understated, gentle tone, the filmmaker clearly cares about her two characters, opting not to portray Anna as a spoiled, aloof villain but, rather, as a woman only slowly coming to the realisation that her lavish lifestyle is fleeting. Much of the poignancy in Anna’s story comes from her unwillingness to let on to anyone that she’s in financial trouble, making it difficult to know if her brave face is a calculated act or a genuine denial of her situation.’ Screen Daily
HD VIDEO, COLOUR, STEREO, 96 MINUTES, HONG KONG, CANTONESE/ENGLISH (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: FLORA LAU / CINEMATOGRAPHER: CHRISTOPHER DOYLE / EDITORS: ALEXIS DOS SANTOS, FLORA LAU, AQ LEE / PRODUCTION CO: BENDS, A PRIORI IMAGE, BAGO PICTURES, LOVE STREAMS PRODUCTIONS, AGNÈS B PRODUCTIONS, POST PRODUCTION OFFICE, TOMSON INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT DISTRIBUTION, SHADOW PUPPETS PRODUCTIONS LIMITED, FILM DEVELOPMENT FUND OF HONG KONG / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: DISTRIBUTION WORKSHOP / SCREENING FORMAT: DIGITAL VIDEO