Never once. Never once in the 56-page script do the father and the daughter truly meet each other.
They only make phone calls, where both talk, discuss, argue, or resort to silence. Sometimes it’s just a voice message. Sometimes you call, but I’m not there. Sometimes I call but cannot reach you. Sometimes I just don’t want to pick the phone up.
The conversation always wanders around one theme that both seem to know. Often times, when they don’t want to and cannot touch that theme, weather will become the only topic left.
A husband who lost his wife. A daughter who lost her mother. Yet grief and sorrow could never reach the other side of the telephone wire. The way they deal with sadness diverges into different paths despite a shared loss. The father remarried three months after the mother’s death. He is to put away old furniture and photos, because his partner wants new air in the space. On the contrary, the daughter’s memories linger in the house. She is determined to save everything, tables, chairs, utensils — everything, everything except the bed. She must throw the bed away. In the first few days after mother passed away, when endless longing pervaded the dark nights, she company her father through the most difficult times. All other items should remain in the home. It is only the bed that must be thrown away. It was the mother’s half-life bed, the softest memory of her childhood. However, the father holds a different point of view.
“Heartbreaking and beautiful. Everything is real, and as a result the performance becomes an intense emotional experience for the audience.”
—Trouw, The Netherlands
By Magne van den Berg (The Netherlands)
Directed by Martin Englar (Germany)
Dramaturgy by Zhang Weiyi
Starring by Wang Xueqi, Yang Yitong
Mr. Wang is a renowned Chinese director and actor. In 2000, Wang received the Outstanding Actor of Hua Biao Award from the Chinese Academia of Cinema Art and Performance for his work Forever Company. In 2008, Wang starred Shi Sanyan, the rival of Mei Lanfang in the film Mei Lanfang. In 2010, by his starring of Li Yutang in the film Bodyguards and Assassins, Wang won Best Actor at the Fourth Asian Film Awards and was nominated Best Actor at the Hong Kong Film Awards and Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards.
Yang Yitong is a 2006 graduate from the Acting Department of Shanghai Theatre Academy. In the same year, Yang starred as main actress in the TV series The Second Prince. In 2007, Yang temporarily withdrew herself from the entertainment industry to study abroad. Then in 2012, Yang starred in Breaking the Tong Fortress and Burning Flowers, both TV series with revolutionary themes. In 2014, Yang played in Never Falling in Love at First Sight, a modern-city melodrama. Her recent works include Coming Good Fortune in 2016, Midnight Eatery in 2017, and Meet you in My Youth in 2017.
photos credit: Yin Xuefeng