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by Daï Sijie


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 Obliged to share this solitary, withdrawn life, his daughter, An, is delighted by Win’s arrival on the island.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.

international title: The Chinese Botanist's Daughters
original title: Les filles du botaniste
country: France, Canada
sales agent: EuropaCorp
year: 2006
genre: fiction
directed by: Daï Sijie
film run: 105'
release date: FR 26/04/2006, BE 10/05/2006
screenplay: Daï Sijie, Nadine Perront
cast: Mylène Jampanoï, Li Xiaoran, Dongfu Lin, Wang Weidong, Nguyen Van Quang, Nguyen Nhur Quyynh
cinematography by: Guy Dufaux
film editing: Dominique Fortin
art director: An Bin
costumes designer: Wang Xian Yan
producer: Lise Fayolle, Maurice Illouz
co-producer: Roger Frappier
production: EuropaCorp, Sotela et Fayolle Films, Max Films (FR)
distributor: EuropaCorp Distribution
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