Compétition internationale
46th edition
NOVEMBER 15>23, 2024, Nantes - France

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Poor Folk
(Qiong ren, liu lian, ma yao, tou du ke)



Two Chinese-Burmese refugees, A-fu and his accomplice A-hong, get by wheeling and dealing in Bangkok. Yet, from the outset, Midi Z’s framing and sense of detail situate these Dostoyevskian “poor folk” in a slightly different style to the gangster film genre, which is virtually blotted out by the hyper-realism of in media res. In four parts, Poor Folk shows how one form of trafficking can hide another and how the entire system is kept alive by a capillary action that turns victims into criminals or accomplices. The antics of this sometimes comic duo is regularly interrupted to teleport us to the dusty vicinity of Dagudi, a border village in northern Thailand where the Burmese Sun-mei, like many of her compatriots, has been stuck for years hoping to leave for Taiwan. Not unsurprisingly, the encounter between these two lost souls does not mark the beginning of a fairy tale. As the film unfolds, its documentary aspects come to the fore, and the comical side of a world governed by ingenuity imperceptibly gives way to infinite sadness. The length of certain shots is a melancholy reflection of the listlessness of existences condemned to perpetual clandestinity. C. G.

  • Titre français
    Poor Folk
  • Original title
    Qiong ren, liu lian, ma yao, tou du ke
  • Scénario
    Midi Z.
  • Photo
    Midi Z.
  • Montage
    Lin Sheng Wen, Midi Z.
  • Son
    Chou Cheng
  • Musique
  • Interprétation
    Wang Shin-Hong, Wu Ke-Xi, Zhao De-Fu, Zheng, Meng-Lan
  • Production
    Montage Film, Seashore Image
  • Producteur délégué
    Midi Z.
  • Producteur exécutif
    Patrick Huang
  • Ventes internationales
  • Support de projection
  • Sous-titrage
    VOST électronique

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