The Other Half portrays the realities of the Chinese society through the story of Xiaofen, a staff at a law firm, and people around her. Unlike the works of Jia Zhang Ke which look deep into the realities of the Chinese society through the characters, this film objectively observes the Chinese society as it is. However, the boundary between fiction and reality blurs when Xiaofen realizes that her boyfriend is suspected for murder and sits in the client’s seat of her office and tells her story as if she was telling somebody else’s story, and when actual news footage is displayed along with the film and the characters experience a chemical factory explosion that had actually taken place in real life. In such moments, fiction and documentary narrative styles are seamlessly combined. This is indeed a very interesting way to depict ‘the other half’ of the Chinese society, and such cinematographic style is one that has not been attempted in recent Chinese films. However, this film ends by explaining that Xiaofen’s boyfriend had actually taken a fortuneteller’s advice and left home to make money, and has become successful. Unfortunately, such message of optimism, saying that ‘no matter how hard life is, there is always hope’, seems somewhat out of place in this film.
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