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I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016)

Wo bu shi Pan Jin Lian (original title)
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After being swindled by her ex-husband, a woman takes on the Chinese legal system.

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Credited cast:
Chengpeng Dong ...
Wang Gongdao (as Da Peng)
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Li Xuelian
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Guo Nong (as Fan Wei)
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Zhao Datou
Zonghan Li ...
Qin Yuhe (as Li Zonghan)
Hua Liu ...
Lao Hu (as Liu Hua)
Hewei Yu ...
Zheng Zhong (as Yu Hewei)
Jia-yi Zhang ...
Ma Wenbin (as Zhang Jiayi)
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Jia Congming (as Zhang Yi)
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Shi Weimin (as Zhao Lixin)
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After being swindled by her ex-husband, a woman takes on the Chinese legal system.

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18 November 2016 (USA)  »

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I Am Not Madame Bovary  »

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$181,552 (USA) (18 November 2016)

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$436,596 (USA) (6 January 2017)
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The film is presented in a round frame, not the conventional 4 frames. See more »

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Leader: A sesame seed has become a watermelon.
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Leader: An ant has become an elephant.
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Good Satire
26 November 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Bingbing Fan is on a quest for justice. She and her husband got a divorce so they could get a better apartment, but after the divorce, he married someone else. So she wants the divorce overturned, so they can be married again, whereupon she will sue for a divorce.

This confuses the local judiciary, the police department and the entire civil government up to the level of provincial governor -- goodness knows, it confused me -- and gets a review at the national level in Beijing, where the decisions are sustained. This happens for ten years in a row, while judges, majors and even governors lose their jobs, because this crazy woman cannot be stopped.

It's a fine satire of the effects of one determined person on a massive bureaucracy, as various people try to deal with her by varying means. While I found several stretches a bit slow, perhaps this is because in the details of general and particular points to make fun of, the particular points of Chinese government elude me. Even with that in mind, there are lots of good laughs, and some interesting playing around with mattes: the provincial scenes are shown through a circular matte, showing off the squarish architecture, and the Beijing scenes are shown through a small, rectangular matte, showing off the round archways. I think this is supposed to emphasize the difference way that local and national governments look at things. If so, it is a very nice conceit.


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