The first narrative of former documentary filmmaker and TV presenter Li Yu, Fish and Elephant is presented as the first film from mainland China to explicitly address lesbian life in modern Beijing. Necessarily shot under the radar to circumvent China's strict censorship requirements, the film almost disappeared after being "lost" upon returning from the Venice Film Festival (where an accident with coils apparently led to a less than stellar reception). a prize), but went on to appear in several international festivals, even if it was not very welcome at home. Imperfect and a little clumsy in execution, Fish and Elephant is, however, as capricious as his title might suggest, if only in his ironically abstracted need for detachment. The film ends at a wedding, in which Xiaoqun and Xiaoling are conspicuously absent despite being expected and as a couple. Perhaps they are only "busy" having recently recovered from their momentary romantic drama, but their failure to appear also reinforces their committed isolation in which they are content for good or evil to hide, existing only for one another .
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