France, 2013, 108 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: China
Topics: Asian, Family Friendly, Road Movie
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Mandarin English Sub-Titles
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-Chinese coproduction is a loose remake of a story Muyl previously as "Le Papillion" ("The Butterfly"), a 2002 film that proved unexpectedly popular with Chinese audiences.
Filmmaker(s) attending: Director
DIRECTOR: Philippe Muyl
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, Li Xiao Ran, Qin Hao, Yang Xin Yi
Filmography: Magique! (2007)
The Butterfly (2002)
La vache et le président (2000)
Tout doit disparaître (1996)
Cuisine et dépendances (1992)