No one expected that the literary film hidden in the dust, which has a dismal film schedule, had recently made a counterattack of more than 100 million yuan at the box office thanks to the fermentation of streaming media word-of-mouth. The whole film has a unique perspective and a full plot. It silently watches the experiences of Ma youtie and Cao Guiying, a peasant couple, with a fixed lens, depicts the weak bodies and delicate emotions of the characters, and restores the tragedy of China’s poor land!
In strange flowers, Ma Dong said, “people with a bitter heart can be filled with a little sweetness.”, Cao Guiying, who is sick, and Ma youtie, who is limp, are just such people. There are not many lines in the whole film, which is basically shot in line drawing, waiting for the fate of the couple to happen, thus depicting the miserable situation in the real countryside, full of humanistic care!
Ma youtie is a simple and honest farmer. His two older brothers died early. He helped his third brother work for free. So he can do farm work, raise livestock and build a house. But he only likes to stay with donkeys. He has not married a daughter-in-law for a dozen years. It’s so easy to meet a blind date. Cao Guiying is still a sick boy.
Haiqing, the “national daughter-in-law”, has changed her usual elegance and ferocity. Cao Guiying, who she plays, is too weak to imagine. She trembles, walks unsteadily, urinates incontinently, and even has no fertility!
On the day of the blind date, my sister-in-law was afraid of Guiying urinating on the stool in public, and kept urging her to go to the toilet to get rid of this burden. How did she get her disability? You can guess that she was beaten by her brother and sister-in-law when she was a child.
On the wedding day, GUI Ying urinated on the bed. She was so ashamed that she couldn’t lift her head. In the middle of the night, she sat up and stopped the wet mattress with her feet. The husband found that he saw through without telling. He turned around and went to sleep. This kind of disregard was the best concern.
After the two tragic people who are connected by the same fate get married, their hearts become more and more connected, and their feelings become more and more good. When her husband went out to farm, Guiying waited for him at home to cook.
When it was cold, she would go to the village with a pot of boiling water and wait. When it was cold, she would change it, and when it was cold, she would change it again. And her husband was also afraid that Guiying would be laughed at by the villagers for urinating her pants, and wanted to buy her a coat that could cover her shame!
After the wheat harvest, the husband printed the wheat on his wife’s hand: “I planted a flower and made a mark for you. You can’t lose it anywhere you go.” Although this kind of detail is very rustic, it is the ultimate romance of the poor!
The husband also pierced the carton for hatching eggs, and when the light of the light bulb passed through, the room became a starry room, which could satisfy the wife’s curiosity and joy.
In order not to move around any more, Ma youtie worked day and night just to build a new house for him and his wife, and then listened to his wife sigh in bed: “I never thought that I could live in my own house and have my own home in my life.”
Some people said, “the whole film does not say a word of pain, but it is bitter out of the sky; the whole film does not say a word of love, but it loves to the extreme.” When the husband and wife were attacked by sweat and rain, despite the meaning of suffering, they showed romantic feelings. Director Li Ruijun at least learned the empty and thin lessons of “a place with lush water and grass at home” and “passing through the future”.
However, this poor couple is not popular in the village. Cao Guiying is treated coldly by the villagers every day because she is incontinent. Although Ma youtie is simple and honest, wooden and honest, and has never been abandoned, when the village holds a meeting to call the roll, some people ask “who is Ma youtie”, which is basically the kind of person who is ignored.
Later, the village bully’s father fell ill and urgently needed Rh negative panda blood, but Ma youtie was the only one with this kind of remote blood type. Of course, the village bully would not let him go. Every three or five times, he asked him to go for free blood transfusion, and bullied honest people in the face of the strong.
Ma youtie was too angry to speak, so he could only scold the donkey he raised: “bitch, I’ve been used all my life. I won’t let you go if I let you go.” On the surface, he scolded the donkey, but in fact, he also scolded himself for being weak and incompetent.
Moreover, after moving into the new house, Guiying suddenly became seriously ill with fever. She said with emotion: “I used to live in a shack and never got sick every day, but now I am sick in the house.”
Later, Guiying went to deliver rice to Ma youtie, and then accidentally fell into the river. When she drowned, countless people watched the excitement and did not save her! Later, Ma youtie picked up GUI Ying and cried out “Gui Ying! GUI Ying!”, Even more chilling!
After his wife died, Ma youtie set the chicken free and the donkey free. A group of people came to extort debts, and he could only pay back the money. When I got home, I changed the half of my wife’s wedding photo into a posthumous photo and replaced the word “Yi” on the wall. As the house was demolished, dust and smoke were hidden.
This film pursues slow work and meticulous work. In order to play the peasant woman in the play, Haiqing spent 10 months in the countryside to experience life. According to the director, the film that only tells about the four seasons of the year also really took a year to film, ploughing, sowing, harvesting wheat… Often after shooting the required scenes, the director and the male protagonist “Ma youtie” went to work in the field.
From the beginning, when few people paid attention to it, to the counter attack at the box office of more than 100 million, why did “hidden in the dust” counter attack? The way short videos are spread seems to have become a “stroke of genius”. Once shortlisted for the Berlin Film Festival, there was no spark after its release. Later, many film bloggers carried out editing, re creation and other new media communication. Despite the marketing element, the box office exploded after word of mouth fermentation!
Some netizens said: “it’s hard for everyone under the epidemic, but when we see that someone is more difficult than us, the goodwill of everyone’s hearts has been aroused. This good work of hardship with the theme of northwest rural areas can at least let the audience know what” civilian life “is, and also bring an alternative miracle to the fickle market!