Directed by Liu Jiayin • 2009 • China
Starring Liu Jiayin, Jia Huifen, Liu Zaiping
Breaking new ground in cinematic art, Liu Jiayin’s follow-up to her masterful debut OXHIDE turns a simple dinner into a profoundly intimate study of family relationships. Once again, the writer-director casts herself and her parents in a scripted version of their life in a tiny Beijing apartment. Liu takes her uncompromising artistry to the extreme, setting all of the action around the family dinner table, which doubles as her father’s leather-making station. As the workbench is cleared for the family to make a dinner of dumplings, the camera catches every meticulous detail in real time. Small moments between family members reveal deep insights into the mysteries of family relations and the art of everyday living.