葵花朵朵

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0806105/

豆瓣电影:https://movie.douban.com/subject/1753552/

故事发生在葵花镇上。这是一个西部小镇,毗邻阴山,田野里到处都有葵花。

一个流浪歌手走进了小镇,坐在阴山街上,用他的吉他和歌曲讲述着一个淡淡的故事……几年前,马小刚出于青春期的冲动,在葵花地里强奸了小学女教师阿美。服刑6年后,他再次回到小镇,变得沉默寡言。他在偏僻、安静的阴山街上开了间炒货铺,试图用辛勤的劳动洗刷自己的罪行。一个叫张小倩的女孩子经常来找他,但他并不在乎。闲暇时,他开始想像阿美的下落。他按照从前阿美的地址,寄了一封奇怪的信:信里只有一枚葵花花瓣。一天中午,有一个女人来到了他的店铺。她就是阿美……他们在一起了。他们再次来到那片葵花地,阳光强烈,葵花遍野——一切和多年前一样。阿美的身体再次诱惑着他。他情不自禁地跟着阿美走进了葵花地……之后,他们静静坐在葵花地边上,看着秋天里一望无际的葵花,彼此都感觉到一种刻骨铭心的伤痛。黎明时分,他孤单的身影出现在葵花地里,突然举起镰刀,疯狂地砍斫起来……

清晨,歌手从阴山街上醒来,发现对面的炒货铺已经空无一人。张小倩把门锁好,徘徊多时,转身离去。歌手从当街拿起了吉他,头也不回地离开了这座小镇。

阴山街空无一人,只有风还在吹着,阳光依然强烈……

本片入围第62届威尼斯国际电影节影评人周单元,是国内首部入围此单元的电影。其后又受邀在米兰、罗马等地巡演。此外,本片还入围了第29届开罗国际电影节、第7届意大利远东电影节、第3届香港亚洲电影节以及比利时布鲁日国际电影节等。

This film is narrated by a singer, YANG YI, a famous wandering folk singer in real life in China today. He once sat and sang at streets of Beijing all day long, and taken into custody by police several times. But after freedom, he sat there again. His songs mostly express the feelings of the have-nots, the helpless. He wrote and performed 4 folk songs and all melodies for this film, just with a guitar and a harmonica.
With unpretending narrative style and a 5-chapters structure: Laboring, Appearing, Xiao Qian, A Mei and Reoccurring, the film tells a story about an accidental rape affair:
Several years ago, Ma Xiaogang, an orphan in a town of West in China, raped a girl, A Mei, a teacher of an elementary school, at a great sunflowers field. He was put in jail. When he was free and came back to the town, he became a taciturn man. No one knew his secret. With help of a good old policeman, He ran a little shop at Shadow Mountain Street to make and sell roasted sunflower-seeds, willing to wash off the guilty by working hard. Sometime, when he was not busy, he dated with Zhang Xiaoqian, a naive girl who loved him: going to cinema, having a walk, sitting outside the door to listen the casual guitar of the wandering singer. Time went slowly and leisurely.
But every time when he passed by that field, the blooming sunflowers reminded him of the past, the days full of desire and love to that girl, A Mei. He began to imagine and imagine her life of today. Where she was? How was her life? With strong curiosity, he sent some letters to her old address, never expecting them can get to her.
One day, a strange woman called in on his shop. She was A Mei. So they met again. But how they get along with each other? In his eyes, she has changed a lot, not being a pure girl like before. Finally he decided to love her, with deep regrets. But she did not understand at all. It made him a little desperate, also let him blame himself much more.
One day, they came to the great sunflower field again. In sight of the setting sun, they burst to love and rushed into sunflowers…After that, they sat there for a long time, quietly and numbly. Finally, A Mei was gone, only with a brokenhearted word left: “the whole damn world has changed after all. ” Night was falling, and Ma Xiaogang was back home too, at loose ends.
He sat in his room all night. The next day and the next night, he was in the sunflower field again, with a sickle in the hand. He stood there so long and so long, suddenly, began to chop the sunflowers crazily……
Morning was coming at the Shadow Mountain Street, the naïve girl was coming too, but the poor boy was never been there again. In sight of all of the scenes, our lonely singer carried his guitar and pack, leaving this town forever.

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