You and Me (Women liang)

China 2006, Feature film, 85' | Director, Screenplay Ma Liwen | Director of Photography Di Wu, Wei Wu | Editor Haihong Zhan | Sound Jinyan Zhang | Composer Wei Dou | Cast Jin Yagin, Gong Zhe, Zhang Shufang, Sun Jie

One cold winter's day, Xiao Ma sets off in search of a room where she can live. It's snowing and a bitter wind is blowing down the alleyways when she enters the courtyard of an apartment building belonging to an old widow. The room the old lady offers Xiao Ma is small, cold and grossly over-priced but, because she can't seem to find anything else for the moment, she decides to move in. She is confident that she will find a nicer room once she has settled in.
Time passes and, the longer Xiao Ma lives in her new room, the better she gets to know her landlady. The old woman turns out to be extremely tightfisted. Firm in her belief that things such as the telephone and electricity are highly unnecessary luxuries that are flagrantly over-used by her new tenant, the two women soon find themselves arguing about the calculation of the bill.
And yet, in spite of their disagreements, a special relationship soon develops between them. Xiao Ma learns about a long lost world that has nothing to do with the modern city in which the women now live. And, before long, the older woman finds herself carried along by her young tenant's vitality and curiosity. And so their initial aversion to each other gradually gives way to warmth and affection. Nevertheless, Xiao Ma is still on the look-out for a room.


MA LIWEN was born 1971 as Ma Xiaoying in Jiangxi Province. She came to Beijing in 1994 and studied acting and directing at the Central Academy. In 1997, she made a TV series of a novel of hers. During her final year of study, she wrote a screenplay based on the autobiography of Zhang Jie, the writer, and used it in 2002 for her first movie Shijie shang zui teng wo de nageren qu le. This picked up three awards at the Changchun Film Festival 2002: Best Film, Best Direction and Best Supporting Actress.

Ma Liwen
Feature Film
School Film, Focus: China