I Am Not Madame Bovary

我不是潘金莲 | Wo bu shi pan jin lian

139 mins
7.8 / 10 (405)


Li Xuelian and her husband stage a fake divorce to secure a second apartment in the city reserved by the government for single people. But when her husband remarries months later to a different woman, a furious Li files a lawsuit and takes her fight to the highest levels of government in Beijing.

MUBI's take

Pairing one of China’s most successful commercial filmmakers with one of its biggest stars, this captivating morality play is also formally adventurous in its use of a round frame. With a terrific lead in Fan Bingbing, Feng Xiaogang’s Kafkaesque epic mounts a crusade against state bureaucracy.

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