• Bitter Flowers

    Directed by Olivier Meys
    Belgium/China | 95 minutes | World Cinema Now

  • Bitter Flowers

    Directed by Olivier Meys
    Belgium/China | 95 minutes | World Cinema Now

  • Bitter Flowers

    Directed by Olivier Meys
    Belgium/China | 95 minutes | World Cinema Now

Thirty-something, Chinese-born Lina intends to provide for her family’s future by earning money as a nanny in France. But once in Europe nothing goes as planned, and she finds herself in a line of work that she would never have imagined.

Schedule

January 5, 2018 3:45 PM Palm Canyon Theatre Tickets not available
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January 9, 2018 10:30 AM Regal Cinemas Tickets not available
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film synopsis

Thirty-something, Chinese-born Lina has a loving husband and 10-year-old son in Dong Bei province. But this formerly prosperous industrial area is fading in the face of the New China, and Lina dreams of a better future for her family. In pursuit of that dream, she temporarily relocates to France on the promise of a lucrative job as a nanny. But once in Europe, nothing goes as planned. Like the women who left Dong Bei before her, she finds herself in a line of work that she would never have imagined. Though she finds camaraderie among the other expatriate workers, her shame compels her to hide her situation from her family back home. But she can’t keep reality a secret forever.

Belgian director Olivier Meys’ compassionate first feature film explores this often hidden phenomenon of immigration and hardship for Chinese women in Europe, brought to life through the beautiful and restrained central performance by Qi Xi.

film details

Country: Belgium/China
Year: 2017
Running Time: 95 minutes
Language: Mandarin (deaf-friendly)
Subtitles: Yes
Director: Olivier Meys
Producers: Joseph Rouschop, Valérie Bournonville, Gilles Padovani, Xavier Grin, Song Ge, Arielle Sleutel
Principal Cast: Qi Xi, Wang Xi, Geng Le, Zeng Meihuizi
Cinematographers: Benoit Dervaux
Editor: Ewin Ryckaert
Music: Eric Bribosia, Jens Bouttery
Screenwriter: Olivier Meys, Maarten Loix, Zhou Amei
Website: https://www.loco-films.com/bitter-flowers

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