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TIL MADNESS DO US PART

(Feng Ai)

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Mandarin w/ English subtitles

Minutes: 

238

Director: 

Wang Bing

Documentary

2013

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China

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TIL MADNESS DO US PART

Within the gates of an isolated mental institution in in southwest China's Yunnan province, patients are confined to one single floor of a building. Once locked in, with little contact from the outside world, anything goes.

The facility's inmates have been committed for different reasons: perhaps they may have a developmental disability, have committed murder, or simply angered local officials. But once inside, they all share the same life and cramped living quarters, staring at a barren, iron-fenced courtyard and seeking comfort and human warmth wherever they can find it.

'TIL MADNESS DO US PART uses handheld camerawork and digital video to interrogate mental illness and criminality, therapy and incarceration, and the relationship between individuals and society. Riveting, terrifying, tender—and unforgettable.

  • Winner, 2013 Three Continents Film Festival

  • 2013 Venice Film Festival

  • 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

  • 2013 Rio Film Festival

  • 2013 Busan Film Festival

  • 2013 DocLiaboa

  • 2013 Viennale Film Festival

  • 2013 Golden Horse Festival

  • 2014 Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR)

  • 2014 Goteborg Film Festival

  • 2014 Hong Kong Film Festival

  • 2014 Sydney Film Festival

  • 2014 Edinburgh Film Festival

  • 2014 Melbourne Film Festival

  • 2014 Geneva Film Festival

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Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

"Filmed at a mental hospital that resembles hell on earth, ['Til Madness Do Us Part locates] gleams of humanity amid the squalor."

Ela Bittencourt, The Brooklyn Rail

"A Foucauldian vision, Bing's documentary lays the patient's plight and vulnerabilities bare before the camera."

Justin Chang, Variety

"There are endurance tests, and then there is this... An unsparing chronicler of the abused and neglected in his country's darkest corners, Chinese documentarian Wang Bing pushes his starkly immersive strategies to a grueling yet empathetic extreme."

Aaron Cutler, Cineaste

"Mundane activities such as dressing and undressing oneself, lighting a cigarette, and lying beneath a blanket with another inmate come to seem like peoples' declarations of their own humanity. …In chronicling individual, present-day lives, Wang gives a sense of his country's recent history."

Andrew Chan, Film Comment

"Devastating; brings near microscopic attention to a slow drop of chaos, making each shot land like a new round of punishment."