Carol Salter2017 | 75 mins
Country Produced: UK
Country Featured: China
US Premiere | Director in Attendance
Sunday, October 22 | Noon | Program F5
Ying Ling, a 17-year-old trainee at a funeral parlor in Changsha, is among a new and ambitious generation of youngsters from rural China who received high school diplomas and are trying their luck with better-paid jobs in the big cities, far from home. With a combination of humor and tenderness, the film captures Ying’s universal struggle to adapt to her new life: she calls her parents often, spends a night at the mall, and tries to stave off the boredom of daily work. The funeral parlor adds a dimension of drama, with long sequences of Ying practicing corpse-washing techniques on a mannequin, and then a colleague, before her nervous first encounter with a deceased person. It is an understated, unglamorous, and heartfelt coming-of-age story in a sobering environment.
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