Girls Always Happy

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    Girls Always Happy

    Rou qing shi

    Directed by

    China

    2018

    117 min

    • Mandarin

    Drama

    ‘My boyfriend’s disappeared’, shouts a neighbour as Wu rattles past on her scooter through the narrow alleys. ‘Serves you right’, she snaps back without turning around. Wu is in her mid-twenties and lives with her mother in a traditional one-storey house in one of Beijing’s hutongs. Both consider themselves to be writers, but success has so far eluded them. The fact that Wu is supported by a divorced, elderly man helps the women through lean periods. Their unhealthily close relationship is characterised by reproaches and quibbling; only during meals do they appear to lay down their verbal weapons. The situation escalates when both Wu and her mother hit an emotional low. Yang Mingming’s first feature film is a humorous psychological portrait of a fragile mother-daughter relationship. Detailed images tell of an intimacy born of despair and at the same time provide their ironic refraction. The two women’s sarcasm magnifies their personal disasters but on the other hand, time and again, it also gives rise to hope.

    Awards

    • Firebird Award - Hong Kong IFF
    • FIPRESCI Prize - Hong Kong IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Nai An
    Yang Mingming
    Zhang Xianmin
    Li Qinqin
    Huang Wei
    Yuan Li
    Li Wenbo
    Screenplay
    Yang Mingming
    Cinematography
    Shen Xiaomin
    Production
    BEIJING TREND CULTURAL INVESTMENT

    Press

    Affection also resonates in these fluid shots of everyday locales, reflecting the realisation at the feature’s core: that what we love and what we struggle with are often the same thing.

    Sarah Ward, Screen Daily

    Yang MingMing

    Yang MingMing

    China

    Born in Beijing, China in 1987, she grew up with her mother in the ancient Hutong area of the city. She now lives alone with two elephant dolls and calls herself ‘Elephant’ in English. GIRLS ALWAYS HAPPY is her debut feature film.