Beginning of Life

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Le Début de la vie

Beginning of Life

(Ren zhi chu)

by Zheng Dongtian



Le Début de la vie

Director: Zheng Dongtian

Script: Gu Ying

Cinematographer: Sun Yongtian, Xie Ping

Editing: Zhu Hong

Sound: Feng Deyao

Music: Guo Wenjing

Cast: Ge lin, Zhang Liwei, Jia Yongyong, Zou Jichuan, Meng Nan, Hong Chang

Production: Liu Ming, Liu Yangxin

Cinema Public Films
84 rue du président Wilson
92300 Levallois Perret
Tel: 0033
Fax: 0033

Year: 1992

35 mm, Colour, 98 min
OV Mandarin with French Subtitles

When his father expires in 1917, Nie Er, a famous Chinese musician, is only five years old. He lives in a humble house, with his mother and three brothers and sisters. Her mother makes a living by selling pharmaceutical products, a meticulous and absorbing work. Music is the centre of Nie Er’s life : the melody of the clock on the wall, the flute he starts learning with his neighbour. It softens his life in this exorbitant school with such severe and restrictive climate. His music teacher leaves the city, his best friend disappears tragically, and his mother falls seriously sick. Fortunately, dream and fantasy have been part of him since he was a small child, when his mother used to tell him legends and stories. Nie Er is but an ordinary child.

For the Chinese audience, he is the glory of his country, the composer of the national anthem.

"I wanted to make a film both for children and for adults where the audience could feel mother and child ; a nostalgic and moving probing in the relationship of a mother and her child." Zheng Dongtian

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