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> The Marriage Certificate (2001), Huang Jianxin, Chine
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Complément à la fiche The Marriage Certificate / Who Cares / Jie hun zheng / Shui shuo wo bu zai hu / 谁说我不在乎 / 結婚證 (2001)

Xi'an Film Studio
Shanxi Ginwa Film & Television Ltd.
Xian Ginwa Film Co.

Assistant réalisateur Li Yang (The Foliage (2004))
Scénariste autre : Fan Yi
Producteur : Hou Sheng Jun
Producteurs exécutifs/planning : Yu Po, Ding Xiao Peng, Liu Sha, Sun Yi An
Directeurs de production : He Chang Yu, Zhang Huai Qiang, Fu Xiang Bo
Directeur artistique autre : Liu Lu Yi
Présentateurs autres : Wu Yi Jian, Zhang Pei Min
Preneur de son : Zhang Zheng Di
Lumières : Li Tian Lei
Maquillage : Liu Hong Man

Acteurs :
Li Xiao Meng [enfant] (Golden Wolf Happy Life (2013))
Qi Ke rerevérifier et créer
Zhou Tao
Lo Seung Chun (Romance of Red Dust (2006),Wo Hu (2006))
Cui Qian Mei
Chou Jia Ying
Gong Jing Hua (The Street Players (1987), The Common People (1998) ... Li Yun's mom, Happy Times (2000), ...)
Zhu Zhong Yang [enfant]
Fu Xiang Bo
He Chang Yu
Liu Xin Fen (A Love of Blueness (2000))
Lau Kwok Wah (1911 (2011), et éclairagiste)
Lau Kwok Wah (1911 (2011), et éclairagiste)
Wang Yong (Getting Home (2007))
Chui Chung Ming (The Banquet (1991), The Country Bumpkin-in Style (1974), Those Merry Souls (1985), ...)
Wang Yung (A Born Coward (1994), Super Model (2004))

After a diversion into more mainstream psychological drama with TELL ME YOUR SECRET (Udine 2001), Mainland Chinese director Huang Jianxin returns to the realm of lightly satirical portraits of contemporary life with THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE. Strongly cast, with Feng Gong and Lu Liping playing a couple whose marriage is thrown into chaos by a trifling piece of bureaucracy, pic lacks the tart edge of earlier works like SURVEILLANCE and STAND UP, DON'T BEND OVER. Set in "a well-known city in the north", the film is narrated by the couple's 13-year-old daughter, Xiaowen, as she writes her diary. Her mother, Xie Yuting, is an engineer, and her father, Gu Ming, is a psychiatrist in a hospital; comfortably though by no means extravagantly well off, the family seems a happy one. One day, Yuting's factory announces it will be giving a free blanket to any staff member who's been married more than 18 years, though applicants must submit their marriage certificate as proof. When Yuting can't find theirs, her initial annoyance soon turns to paranoia as she starts to re-examine every aspect of her marital life. Phrases like "loss of status" and "illegal cohabitation" issue from her mouth, and attempts to trace the folks in the countryside who married them prove futile. Her husband suggests living apart. "From that day on, my family spiraled down into chaos," notes Xiaowen, who finally runs away from home to shock her parents into repairing their marriage. Central idea could easily have turned into broad farce were it not for Huang's realistically based direction and the fine perfs by two of China's best actors, the glum-looking Feng and radiant Lu. Script never loses sight of the underlying tragedy of a happy marriage being destroyed by the country's rigid bureaucracy, giving the comedy a bittersweet edge that's beautifully played by the two thesps. - Derek Elley

Bureaucracy gone mad, the older generation victimising the younger, people clinging stubbornly to the past - Huang Jianxin's The Marriage Certificate has the kind of premise where if it turned up in a production from China's Fifth and Sixth generations or Taiwan's New Wave, you'd expect the PRC to get a mauling.
The plot ranges far wider than most of Huang's films - it still focuses on something very intimate (a relationship in danger of falling apart) but it draws a direct line from past events to a present gone wrong, where previously the director didn't go out of his way to reference history. Yet in Huang's hands this approach never becomes self-indulgent, never strays into self-pity and never once suggests either China or her people past and present are solely to blame.
- Matthew Lee 11 juin 2010 - article complet

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