In Love We Trust
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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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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.
First, Mei Zhu must ask her ex-husband to donate his sperm for artificial insemination. He is reluctant but gives in, knowing that HeHe's life is at stake. Then Xiao Lu must convince his current wife to go along with the process. Dong Fan is bitterly opposed but in the end she gives in to the inevitable conclusion that her husband has no choice. Mei Zhu's husband does not like the idea either but he agrees for the same reason. And it is right here that director Wang Xiaoshuai presents the stark theme that the inevitability of any crisis is a function of how desperate the players are.Read more ›
"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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