Bends

  • Directed by Flora Lau
  • Hong Kong/China, 2013, 96 mins., Mandarin

Bends straddles the Hong Kong-Shenzhen border and tells the emotionally touching story of Anna, an affluent housewife, and Fai, her chauffeur, and their unexpected friendship as they each negotiate the social contradictions and 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 (in violation of the one-child policy) wife Tai 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 Anna’s chauffeur. Anna, in contrast, is struggling to keep up the facade of the ostentatious lifestyle into which she has married, after the sudden disappearance of her husband amid financial turmoil. Their parallel lives collide in a common space, the car.

Genres: Drama