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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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Critic Reviews for Mrs. Fang

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

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.

August 14, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

August 14, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

October 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Through his flat, non-intrusive style, [Director Wang Bing] contrasts the tragic smallness of the dying person's world and the familiarity in the motions loved ones go through in the final days.

September 7, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As always in Wang's work, Mrs. Fang evinces an unobtrusive structuralism and ability to distill insight from seemingly innocuous occurrences.

August 14, 2017 | Full Review…

The agonising last days of a woman in the final stages of Alzheimer's are captured in a stark, unflinching manner by Wang Bing's gruelling documentary.

August 14, 2017 | Full Review…

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