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DONG GONG XI GONG (EAST PALACE WEST PALACE)

Un Certain Regard
Directed by :
ZHANG Yuan 
Country:
CHINA, FRANCE
Duration:
90.00 minutes

Synopsis

The street urinals of a public park in the Chinese capital have become the favoured meeting point for homosexuals. A Lan, a sensitive young writer, likes strolling in the park. During a police raid, he finds himself at headquarters suffering a "by the book" interrogation. The questioning of A Lan quickly transforms into an unexpected reminiscence of his tumultuous life : his childhood, parents, school, first sexual experience, obligatory state work in the countryside, and then, a slow drift into the quest for true love. These brief intimate glimpses of A Lan's life blur the interrogating officer's feelings for his prisoner. A strange love story unfolds.
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