Alone

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Year
2012
Country
  • France
  • Hong Kong SAR China
Duration
89min
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The daily life of three little sisters, Ying, Zhen and Fen, live alone in their family house in a small village in Yunnan province in China. Their father works in the valley a few hundred kilometres down the mountain and their mother has left long ago. The little girls don’t go to school, spending their days working in the fields or wondering in the village. The eldest sister, Ying, takes care of her two sisters and does the majority of the fieldwork. Occasionally, they help their grandfather and aunt in exchange for a meal. One day their father returns from the city. Worrying that his girls would grow up without someone taking care of them, he decides to take the younger two sisters back to the city with him, leaving Ying alone under the supervision of her grandfather. The film looks at how sisterly bonds can overcome poverty, but can these bonds withstand the loss of intimacy when they are separated from one another?

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