Vancouver International Film Festival 2021
- Queena Li
- 110 DCP
- VIFF 2021
Reminiscent of its monochromatic brethren Dead Man and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Queena Li’s Bipolar is an odyssey all its own: a buddy comedy featuring a broken-hearted musician and technicolour lobster that sends the Orpheus myth crashing through the looking glass. In the Tibetan capital of Lhasa on a luxury pilgrimage, a directionless woman (Leah Dou) discovers newfound purpose when she decides to liberate a sacred rainbow lobster from its cramped tank and return it to the ocean. “Travelling is just like dreaming,” our protagonist claims. Backing this assertion, Li devises a hallucinatory trek featuring eerie roadside attractions like an abandoned zoo and an overstocked wig shop. Meanwhile, invasive dreams and heartbreaking memories make reality an even more slippery concept. A legitimate trip, Li’s road movie is delightfully all over the map, allowing this breakout director to explore her every whim. A music star in China, Dou contributes to the film’s score and proves herself a bewitching screen presence.
Cast: Leah Dou, Giver He
Altered States: Genre-bending features that defy traditional classification and demand that you play by their warped rules.
The Cinematheque is pleased to join with the Vancouver International Film Festival in co-presenting these in-cinema screenings during VIFF 2021. Please note that Cinematheque Passes and Ticket Packs are not valid for any Vancouver International Film Festival screenings.