Tuesday, September 28, 2021

"To Live." Lessons from history.



This film is about a couple, portrayed by Ge You and Gong Li, surviving through tumultuous periods of modern Chinese history, from the Chinese Civil War in the late 1940s to the Cultural Revolution. After enduring enormous difficulties, including the passing of their father, mother, son, and daughter, the couple tenaciously stays alive, witnessing the vast changes of modern China.

(The Scene - at about 1:49) ...during Fengxia's childbirth, her parents and husband accompany her to the county hospital. All doctors have been sent to do hard labor for being over educated, and the students are left as the only ones in charge. Wan Erxi manages to find a doctor to oversee the birth, removing him from confinement, but he is very weak from starvation. Fugui purchases seven steamed buns (mantou) for him and the family decides to name the son Mantou, after the buns. However, Fengxia begins to hemorrhage, and the nurses panic, admitting that they do not know what to do. The family and nurses seek the advice of the doctor, but find that he has overeaten and is semiconscious. The family is helpless, and Fengxia dies from postpartum hemorrhage (severe blood loss)..... (from Wikipedia)

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