Image of movie Ma ma he qi tian de shi jian
Image of movie Ma ma he qi tian de shi jian
Image of movie Ma ma he qi tian de shi jian

Ma ma he qi tian de shi jian

LI Dongmei
China, Frankreich 2020
134 min

Hier in Europa haben wir vom ländlichen China der Neunzigerjahre und seinen Sitten herzlich wenig Ahnung. Dass Li Dongmei in ihrem ersten Spielfilm zusätzlich auf Laiendarsteller*innen setzt, denen jeder professionelle Manierismus fremd ist, könnte die Sache noch komplizieren. Stattdessen geht die Rechnung der in ihrer formalen Strenge an Bresson erinnernden Regisseurin auf: In langen, oft unbewegten Einstellungen laufen sieben Tage dieses Dorflebens mit Arbeit und Schule, Geburt und Tod vor unseren Augen ab. Obwohl die Kamera öfters sehr entfernt von den Figuren steht und sie auf ein winziges Maß reduziert, kommen sie uns immer näher. (Ferdinand Keller)

There’s an indescribable beauty in the image of a little girl traversing a field to tell her grandfather, who is working the land beneath the sun, that lunch is ready. This is how MAMA opens, and the film will never abandon its crystalline gaze and soothing sense of crossgenerational exchange for the subsequent 135 minutes. Based on her childhood memories, Li Dongmei’s debut feature takes place over seven days in a remote rural village in China around 1992. The rituals of the everyday are observed with serene attention via delicate compositions inhabited organically by non-professional actors. The spirits of Abbas Kiarostami and Yasujirō Ozu are invoked as kids walk through mountains and families get together for a meal. It’s a film of quiet wisdom and immense peace, perhaps even healing properties, whose tempo brings us into sync with nature and its pulse. The overarching structure, as well as that of each chapter, honor the cycles of life and the immutable unfolding of the present: death is part of life, and landscape the eternal witness to our existence. Some films carry within them the crucial revelation that time passes differently in different places. Li Dongmei’s MAMA is one of those films. (Chiara Marañón)

Li Dongmei:  MAMA (2020) 

  • Cheng Shuqiong - Mother
  • Wang Xiaoping - Father
  • Ge Wendan - Xiaoxian
  • Xia Guoli - Xiaowei
  • Gong Xinyan - Xingxing
  • Tan Yuxiang
  • Ge Shidi
  • Chen Jihua
  • LI Dongmei
  • Shen Xiaomin
  • Zhang Yalong
  • Li Danfeng
  • Zhang Huifeng
  • Zhang Zhongchen
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