Kaili Blues- -
Kaili, Guizhou Province, China. In a small clinic, two preoccupied doctors live like ghosts until one day, one of them, Chen Sheng, decides to fulfill his dead mother’s wish and sets off on a long train journey to look for his brother’s abandoned child. His partner at the clinic, a lonely old lady, asks him to bring an old photograph, a shirt and a cassette to her old sweetheart who has fallen ill. On the way, Chen passes a strange little town named Dangmai where time is not linear and people’s lives complement each other. He stops there and experiences the past, present and future.
In the subtropical and foggy city of Kaili, morose poet Chen Sheng decides to fulfil his dead mother’s wish and sets off on a surreal journey to look for his brother’s abandoned child.
A lonely old lady asks Chen to take on his way an old photograph, a shirt and a cassette to her old sweetheart. Chen passes a strange town called Dangmai, where time is not linear and people’s lives complement each other. There, Chen experiences the past, present and future and begins to reflect upon his life.
While most Chinese films are known for their unflinching grasp on reality, this debut from Bi Gan artfully conflates dream into reality, intricately weaving the present and memories with hidden clocks and watches scattered throughout the film, taking us down the infinitely winding road of time. [The 26th Singapore International Film Festival, 26 November – 6 December 2015]