Cu-Li Never Cries

Feature-length Film in Advanced Development

Director: Phạm Ngọc Lân

Cu Li Never Cries recounts the stifling summer days that have stirred up a whirlwind of events and emotions in the life of LADY M, a hydropower industry retiree. Upon the death of her German husband whom she has not seen for 20 years, Lady M leaves for Berlin where she receives two inheritances: an ashes urn and a slow loris (Cu Li). Alone in a foreign land, she encounters absurd situations as the funeral rites unfold.

Lady M comes back to Hanoi only to be caught up in the fuss of a rushed wedding preparation: her niece was impregnated by a provincial boy. Adhering to her late husband’s will, Lady M returns to the hydroelectric dam where they first met; the planning for the power plant’s anniversary is underway. Stuck between the past and the present, between anticipation and anguish, in unceasing solitude and inquietude, Lady M arrives at her niece’s wedding in the jungle. A fire spreads. The loris to which she has grown attached disappears. In trance, Lady M. dashes to seek for it...

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Last updated October 2019