Mrs. Fang (2017)

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Fang Xiuying was a farm worker born in Huzhou, Fujian in 1948. For the last eight years of her life she suffered from Alzheimer's. By 2015 the symptoms were quite advanced. Treatment in a convalescent home was ineffective, so in June 2016 it was discontinued and she returned home. We filmed some scenes of her everyday life in 2015, then returned in June 2016 and filmed the last ten days of her life. The film shows the feelings of a person nearing death, and the reality of her relatives' and neighbours' attitudes towards a person about to leave this life.

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

It's a simple, cumulatively shattering record of life as we rarely see it captured in narrative or documentary cinema.

Apr 5, 2018

Especially because we know so little about the woman herself, she is practically all of us, as death will come knocking on all our doors sooner or later.

Aug 14, 2017

The film was never the story of a life, and by its close, it's not even the story of a death but Death itself: painful, pitiless and unbearably banal.

Aug 14, 2017
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Unflinchingly eyes death and allows the awkward family dynamics that play out in anticipation of its arrival to cascade in flowering long takes ... a slog to endure, but puts forth worthy questions to mull for months to come.

Dec 5, 2018

A flood of tedium... [Full review in Spanish]

Dec 28, 2017

Mrs. Fang is as sober a depiction of the variously moving and bizarre rituals of observance and comment that spring up around the death of a person as Frederick Wiseman's epic Near Death.

Oct 16, 2017

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