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Peacock

  • Film
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Time Out says

Ambitious and assured first feature by Fifth Generation cinematographer Gu Changwei, charting the tribulations of a working-class family in a small rural town in the ’70s, when China was beginning to shift towards a tentative market economy. As we follow in turn the stories of the three kids – romantic, impulsive daughter, a huge son deemed retarded since illness and a younger brother treated as the runt – we witness frustrated flights of freedom, cruel bullying, financial ambition and small betrayals. A strong, dour drama which boasts two telling, epiphanic moments involving birds: the poisoning of a goose and, unseen by all but the audience, the fanning of a peacock’s tail.
Written by GA

Release Details

  • Duration:144 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Gu Changwei
  • Screenwriter:Li Qiang
  • Cast:
    • Zhang Jingchu
    • Li Feng
    • Lu Yulai
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