DVD RC3 (Codefree DVD-player required), NTSC
Director: Feng Xiao Gang
Producer: Wang Zhong Lei
Cast: Fan Bing Bing, Feng Xiao Gang, Gao Ming, Zhao Yi, Zhang Yi, Guo Tao, Zhao Li Xin, Fan Wei, Li Zong Han, Feng En He, Zhang Jia Yi, Jiang Yong Bo, Yu He Wei, Huang Jian Xin, Da Peng, Li Chen, Liu Hua
Released: 2017 [China]
Subtitles (removable): English, Traditional Chinese
Features: Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1, dts
Distributor: Edko Films [Hong Kong] 2017
Golden Horse-winning director Feng Xiaogang lampoons Chinese society and bureaucracy in the charmingly astute satirical comedy-drama I Am Not Madame Bovary, which won Best Film, Best Actress and Best Cinematography at the 11th Asian Film Awards. Glamour icon Fan Bingbing plays against type as a humble rural woman who, after being tricked into divorce, embarks on a stubborn decade-long quest for legal redress. Unconventionally presented in circular image format for most of the film, the ingenuous contemporary fable complements its clever humor and sharp script with top-notch performances and brilliantly distinct cinematography. I Am Not Madame Bovary is based on a novel by Liu Zhenyun, whose works also inspired Feng's previous films Cell Phone and Back to 1942.
Village woman Li Xuelian (Fan Bingbing) and her husband (Li Zonghan) decide to divorce in name in order to be allotted better housing. After the "fake divorce" goes through, her husband gets hitched to another woman. Affronted by his deception and accusations, Xuelian takes her husband to court to demand that the fake divorce be annulled – so that she can divorce him for real on her own volition. When her case gets dismissed, Xuelian decides to take her grievances to a higher authority, eventually going all the way to Beijing to seek justice. However, at every step of the bureaucratic ladder, officials dismiss her petitions and go out of their way to avoid her. Undeterred, Xuelian persists with her efforts, year after year.