The Film Summary: A story of the bond-building journey between an old man and a young girl to rural, southwestern China with a bird in a cage.
The Bottom Line: Lush technical values, an engaging turn from its lead and some contextual relevance to Chinese society keeps the film from dwelling on its much-performed tune.
France (2014) 108 Minute Running Time Language: Mandarin French Sub-Titles Release Date : May 07, 2014
In this ravishingly beautiful movie, veteran French filmmaker Philippe Muyl takes us on a Chinese road trip through spectacular mountain villages to discover a bucolic way of life.After two decades living in Beijing, where he moved to allow his son to go to university, Zhigen resolves it is time to keep the promise he made to his wife before she died and return to his native village -- bringing with him the bird who has been his constant companion.
Unexpectedly, he is asked to bring his granddaughter along with him. Brought up in the lap of luxury Renxing is more familiar with iPads than trekking through forests and rice paddies. Meanwhile back in Beijing, Renxing's materialistic parents start to reevaluate what life means to them.
This Franco-Sino co-production is a loose remake of a story Muyl previously as "Le Papillion" ("The Butterfly"), a 2002 film that proved unexpectedly popular with Chinese audiences.
DIRECTOR: Philippe Muyl 费利普· 弥勒 Producer: Ning Ning, Qin Hong, Paul Delbecq, Steve Rene Editor: Manuel De Sousa, Kako Kelber Screenwriter: Phillipe Muyl, Ning Ning Cinematographer: Sun Ming Music: Armand Amar Principal Cast: Li Bao Tian 李保田, Li Xiao Ran 李小冉, Qin Hao 秦昊, Yang Xin Yi 杨心仪 Filmography: Magique! (2007) The Butterfly (2002) La vache et le président (2000) Tout doit disparaître (1996) Cuisine et dépendances (1992)