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In Love We Trust (2008)

Liu Weiwei , Zhang Jiayi , Wang Xiaoshuai  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Liu Weiwei, Zhang Jiayi, Nan Yu, Cheng Taishen
  • Directors: Wang Xiaoshuai
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: June 9, 2009
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NG4236
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,558 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "In Love We Trust" on IMDb

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After his graduation from the Beijing Film Academy, Wang spent some time working under the PRC studio system before starting out on his own. His first film, The Days (1993), was an independent feature shot on the weekends in Beijing, and starring Wang s friends as two artists. He followed up The Days with Frozen (filmed in 1994, but not released until 1997). Frozen, another foray into the art world of Beijing, was made under the pseudonym of Wu Ming (literally, No Name; or Anonymous). In contrast to both Frozen and The Days, which both took place in Beijing, Wangs next film, So Close to Paradise (1997), saw him return to Wuhan to film a story of two migrant workers who become involved in a kidnapping. Wang followed up Paradise with the family comedy The House in 1999. Despite the numerous films to his credit at this point, it was not until Beijing Bicycle that Wang rose to truly international success. The winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, Beijing Bicycle wowed critics with its story of a youth's search for his stolen bicycle, particularly with its shades of Vittorio De Sica's 1948 The Bicycle Thief. After the success of Beijing Bicycle, Wang made Drifters (2003), which screened at the Cannes Film Festival in competition for the Prix Un Certain Regard. It didn t win, but his next film, Shanghai Dreams (2005), two years later, won Cannes's Prix du Jury award. 2008 saw the premiere of Wang's newest film, In Love We Trust (also known as Left Right) in the Berlin Film Festival. A modern drama about a divorced couple, the film had missed a scheduled showing at both the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and the 2007 Venice Film Festival. Wang's next planned project, 11 Flowers, recently won the Pusan Promotion Prize for $20,000.

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A divorced couple learns that the only way to save their little daughter Hehe, who suffers from a blood disease, is to have another child. Now both remarried, Mei Zhu and Xiao Lu are forced to test their love and their commitment to one another by putting their current relationships in danger. A story of parenthood, love, married life, betrayal, trust and giving, IN LOVE WE TRUST touches upon changes in contemporary society and family life, as well as the moral and ethical dilemmas brought on by modernity.

WINNER Silver Berlin Bear for Best Screenplay Berlin Int l Film Festival
WINNER Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Special Mention Berlin Int l Film Festival
WINNER Best Actress Lan Weiwei, Golden Arena Award Pula Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION Hong Kong Int l Film Festival, Seoul Int l Film Festival Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Asian Film Festival (Rome), Danish Film Institute Focus on Asia Fukuoka Int l Film Festival, Haifa International Film Festival, Canberra Int l Film Festival Festival Terre des Femmes, Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Goteborg Int l Film Festival, Athens Int l Film Festival, Ghent Int l Film Festival


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Drama... puts a twist on "Indecent Proposal" December 16, 2011
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This is a good drama movie; main plot is about two divorced couple (who has since remarried) are reunited after their daughter in common is diagnosed with leukemia. After many unsuccessful treatment, the mother resorts to having another child in hope of using the cord blood to match for a bone marrow transplant. She first tries being inseminated, but after three failed attempts, she finally resorts to sleeping with her ex-husband.

At first, the movie seemed like it was focus on the child and how the mother is willing to go all out to protect and heal her. But as the story develops, it's focus is on the adults and the mental stress they have to go through to save a child.

The four primary actors did an excellent job of using their body language to convey lot of messages without dialog. For example, in one scene, the mother is shown flushing the toilet with red substance shortly after trying to be inseminated, and experiences an emotional breakdown. The mother's new husband can come across as "unreal" as it can be very hard for any husband to put up and accept the fact that their wife purposely slept with their ex-husband just for the fact to have a baby. And, the husband goes further and tells her afterwards that he's willing to raise it and accept the future baby as his own even though the wife never tells him that she slept with the ex-husband.

The movie ending was the weakest point. I felt the movie just suddenly dropped when we see the ex-couple goes back to their respective home and have dinner. The husband has dinner with his new wife without any words, and the wife goes home and has dinner with her husband. There's no mention of their relationship after, and no mention if she is pregnant or if the cord blood was able to save the daughter. This should have been some closure to this matter, as this was the focal point of the movie and the main plot that brought the ex's back together for another one-night stand.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow and steady August 18, 2009
Format:DVD
No surprise to learn director Xiaoshuai Wang studied painting before becoming a director. This is a marvelously composed film. The screenplay is brutal sharp with one large unnecessary gimmick toward the end. I'm glad this theme (see the product description) was done art-house and not commercial melodrama, which it could easily be. The four main performers are solid and compelling, with lots of shots of faces on bodies doing nothing but carrying burden within. And they all pull it off. This is a film with talent coming from every direction, but it is the indie/art-house type. If you partake of that ilk, you'll like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual, interesting and well done. January 25, 2013
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China's harsh one child policy is the background to this movie. By now there are millions of sad and painful stories that could be told about it. The characters in this movie are unusually adaptive to their crisis situation. All 4 main characters are sympathetic and well acted. The mother is strong willed in trying to save her sick child. While appearing physically somewhat fragile her determination is steely as are her eyes when another character hesitates to cooperate in her plan.

It occurred to me that this story could have been done very badly with an exploitive script. Instead I felt it was told humanely. I hope it helps lead to a Chinese change of policy. If they don't do it for humane reasons they may have to do it for economic reasons. The policy is leading to an aging population where there will not be enough young to support the elderly. (Sound familiar?) This is already causing a new set of painful stories, particularly among the poor. Perhaps that is the director's next story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enticing Chinese family drama June 6, 2012
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First things first, I am a big fan of the Film Movement DVD library of foreign and indie movies, releasing these films in the US that otherwise would never find an audience here.

"In Love We Trust" (2008 release from China; 115 min.) stars off rather confusingly, or better said misleadingly. We follow a married couple as they are dealing with the illness of their young daughter. As the movie develops in the first half four, we get a clearer picture of the overall situation: this is in fact a mother and stepfather, and the biological father (who also is remarried) is drawn into the picture. The young girl needs a marrow boon transplant and the best possible match is from a sister or brother. It puts the married couples into an emotional dilemma: can/will the original parents, now both remarried, get together again with the purpose of having another child so that their daughter can survive long-term? What a premise! I don't want to spoil the plot any further, you'll just have to see how it all plays out, although I will say that it is worth your while.

The movie develops slowly, and I mean that as a compliment. This is MILES away from your standard Hollywood fare. I finally crossed the line not long ago and have started my subscription to Film Movement, and now am getting a new foreign/indie movie every month. Best decision ever! Shoul've done this years ago. Meanwhile, if you are in the mood for a good foreign movie, you cannot go wrong with this. "In Love We Trust" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Thoughts October 6, 2009
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(1.) Four stars for the subject matter: presentation of ideas, points and counterpoints on issues of marriage and child bearing in modern China; on issues of marriage faithfulness; and to what extent does a moral dilemma force one to violate some moral beliefs in order to sustain another moral belief.
(2.) Four stars for the pace, tone, setting and acting within the movie. A very simple, clear and convincing presentation by all involved.
(2.) Two stars for the weak resolution of dilemmas and for the movie closure. Special features were inadequate. Needed were better biographies of the crew; a discussion of the dilemmas; a discussion of family values in modern China. One is left with an empty, uncertain feeling as an unintended consequence of the producers wanting an open ended, finish it yourself denouement.
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