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by Flora Lau


The story of Anna, an affluent housewife and Fai, her chauffeur, and their unexpected friendship as they each negotiate the pressures of Hong Kong life and the city’s increasingly complex relationship to mainland China. Fai is struggling to find a way to bring his pregnant wife and young daughter over the Hong Kong border from Shenzhen to give birth to their second child, even though he crosses the border easily every day working as a chauffeur for Anna. Anna, in contrast, is struggling to keep up the facade of her ostentatious lifestyle into which she has married, after the sudden disappearance of her husband amid financial turmoil. Their two lives collide in a common space, the car.

international title: Bends
original title: Bends
country: Hong Kong, France
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Flora Lau
film run: 95'
screenplay: Flora Lau
cast: Kun Chen, Carina Lau
cinematography by: Christopher Doyle
film editing: Flora Lau, Alexis dos Santos, Aq Lee
art director: Jean Tsoi
music: Patrick Jonsson
production: Love Streams Agnès B. Productions, Bends Limited, Shadow Puppet Productions Limited, Film Development Fund of Hong Kong, A Priori Image, Bago Picture/Hong-Kong

main awards/selection

Cannes 2013 Un Certain Regard

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