This Chinese film by director Cui Zi’en slowly unfolds a story of family disconnection. It takes time to show that young Rui has returned home to live with his father after growing up in the care of his grandparents. We know he is not pleased to be back but it takes a long time to see that the father, although trying to build a relationship with his son, has left it too late. Rui does not show affection for his father and seems to accept his homecoming instead of welcoming it.
Rui enrolls in an art school and has friends back to his father’s house. His relationship with his friends serves to show how awkward is the relationship with his father. To add to this sense of incomprehension, Rui is gay and is involved romantically with one of the friends he brings home.
The complications grow when Bo, an employee of Rui’s father, spends time at the house. Despite being engaged to a young woman, Bo is interested in Rui and they grow closer. The way in which the father intervenes does not improve the atmosphere in the family home. I am a fan of slow cinema and any film that takes it time to build atmosphere is worth watching if it has emotional integrity. This is a film that deserves film goers with staying power. It is my hinterland. What’s in yours?