Girls Always Happy
中国 | 2018 | 彩色 | 117分钟 | 剧情
China | 2018 | Color | 117min | Fiction
导演/编剧/剪辑 | 杨明明
摄影 | 沈晓闽
美术 | 赵羽含、熊越
音效/音乐 | 房涛
监制 | 杨超
演员 | 耐安、张献平易近、李勤勤
Yang Mingming, director.
In 2012, She directed, shot, and starred in her short debut Female Directors, which showed her capacity to adopt subversive creative concept and photography skills, as well as her success to seamlessly suture hyper-real performance with the fictional plot. Female Directors marked the new creativity of young directors.
In 2015, she edited Yang Chao’s feature film Crosscurrent, which won the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution.
In 2017, Girls Always Happy is the first artistic feature written, directed and performed by Yang Mingming.
In 2018, Girls Always Happy premiered at Panorama of 68th Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for the Best First Feature. Same year, Girls Always Happy won Firebird Award and FIPRESCI Award at Hong Kong International Film Festival and Best Director at Seoul International Women’s Film Festival.
This is not a film to praise family. Girls Always Happy depicts the life of a mother and a daughter in a Beijing hutong with a fierce, but romantic touch. It is a movie, but also a medical record, of sorts. With both cruelness and drama, the film re-explains China’s history of tenderness and happiness.
After breaking up with her boyfriend, Wu rents a house in a Beijing hutong out of an unexpected royalty. While she is excited about living alone, her mother moves in with her because she cannot bear to live with the old man at home. A bizarre war sets off between them in every corner on every day. Tortured by the absurd daily rules of life and the paranoid behavior of her mother, Wu is also influenced by her mentality and logic bit by bit. The two women, feeling extremely insecure, attack and defend each other on the table and in the urine pot. During the climax of their war, they cannot bear to confront each other. Each of them starts a new relationship, and the short-lived balance fails ultimately.
“A period of age flowing from aperson’s eye corner and an era passing in a city both deserve to be remembered and cogitated. The director uses an exquisite and accurate touch to portrait a gentle story between the mother and the daughter.”