Bends (2013)





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BENDS straddles the Hong Kong-Shenzhen border and tells the story of ANNA, an affluent housewife and FAI, her chauffeur, and their unexpected friendship as they each negotiate the pressures of Hong Kong life and the city's increasingly complex relationship to mainland China. Fai is struggling to find a way to bring his pregnant wife and young daughter over the Hong Kong border from Shenzhen to give birth to their second child, even though he crosses the border easily every day working as a chauffeur for Anna. Anna, in contrast, is struggling to keep up the facade of her ostentatious lifestyle into which she has married, after the sudden disappearance of her husband amid financial turmoil. Their two lives collide in a common space, the car.
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Critic Reviews for Bends

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

The director, who also wrote the story, doesn't nurture the dramatic life of her characters sufficiently for them to stand alone.

Full Review… | April 20, 2014
New York Times
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This slight, deliberate tale of strained families keeps the audience at a distance, making it a curiously uninvolving sit that rarely engages on even the most basic level.

Full Review… | May 21, 2013
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Neat, even looks like a Frenchie. Loose, superficial & lacks of interaction between the two protagonists especially.


Subdued desperation builds through the movie as the protagonists each attempt to deal with their own difficulties. Some details are perhaps not quite clear enough (at least to this western viewer) but the struggles of the chauffeur and his employer balance and compliment each other nicely leading up to a conclusion that seems just right.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

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