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Les Filles du botaniste (The Chinese Botanist's Daughters)


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“In eighties China, not all taboos were lifted. Min, a young orphan, sets off to study with a renowned botanist. A secretive man and authoritarian father, this teacher lives on an island transformed into a luxuriant garden. Obliged to share this solitary, withdrawn life, his daughter, An, is delighted by Win’s arrival on the island. The two girls quickly form a bond, only to see their friendship develop into a disturbing, sensual, and forbidden attraction. The idea of separation is impossible; Min and An soon concoct a dangerous arrangement that will allow them to continue to live under the same roof.”

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What’s a Chinese movie doing in European section? Well, despite the film taking place in China, featuring a Chinese cast, being directed by a Chinese director, and the spoken language being Chinese, this is in fact a French – Canadian production. Why so? I don’t know the official story, but I think it could be hard to find a studio to produce a film like this in Mainland China. [size=70](Johny, if you feel the topic is in the wrong section, feel free to move it)[/size]



Les Filles du botaniste is a new film from Dai Sijie, the director of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. I haven’t seen any of his previous work, but this film looks sooo beautiful. Check out the trailer on the official site (videos --> bande annonce), it looks even better than those pics below.







Official site: http://www.lesfillesdubotaniste.com/


#2

Recently I got to watch it on a big screen.

Beautiful, beautiful movie, and also quite erotic, but in a very honest and subtle way.

And the ending is tragic as hell. I thought there was more to come, actually, but then it ended rather suddenly with a twist I already anticipated from the very beginning. It’s a very straightforward story, but the beautiful images of rural Asia (Vietnam, I think), the great acting and the beautiful soundtrack more than once had me close to tears.


#3

This is a serious question: Is she jerking him off in the first pic? She looks all excited and he looks very relaxed?


#4

There’s no guy in the upper pictures.

Actually she’s explaining how to properly harvest Ginseng-roots from the ground.


#5

No guy in any of the pictures.



And btw, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is a charming little movie.