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Elsa (Crystal Liu Yifei) is a musician who spends her time between France and China. In the western city of Chengdu, she meets Ma Rong (Leon Lai) who is an expert player of the Shakuhachi flute and owns a silkworm factory. She soon becomes both fascinated by silkworms - living beings that have to be sacrificed so that precious silk may be extracted - and infatuated with him. But she also meets Lin (Yu Shaoqun), a young opera singer who's in love with her to the point of following her around, breaking into her room and trying on her high-heels. But the film unfolds in non-linear fashion, with the other half of the scenes taking place later in Paris, where she learns she's pregnant (we don't know whom from yet), and meets Ma Rong's younger brother Ma Jianmin (Liu Ye), a tattoo artist who marvels at her skin and offers to adorn her back with a tattoo of a night peacock, a beautiful but rare and short-lived butterfly. Soon, Elsa and Jianmin are in love.Written by
Firstly congrats to the filmmakers for being nominated on the Montreal Filmfestival. The film is an interesting translation of the forgotten Chinese culture waved in the French romance. The philosophy of the film director is greatly reflected in the film with you have to see through in order to enjoy. It is definitely one of the lesser films that you have to watch multiple times to unravel all of its greatness.
The director choose an unique editing manner which made the film little difficult to understand. The story was also complex as it reflected inner desires and conflicts. As the scenes and the main actress were stunning, the film was covered in deep sorrow. But it is clearly not a film suited for every public. If you don't like art-house films you probably would hate it.
All in all, if you like artistic films that sets your mind to think and want to enjoy great beauty? WATCH!
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