04 Dic «Pink Fireworks» by Lee Zhongqin
The lives of the elderly seem invisible, but they can hide much more than we think.
This seems to be the premise of Pink Fireworks, a debut short film by young Chinese director and author Lee Zhongqin, which tells the story of a small group of elderly people who find themselves sharing their days and homes, but also their fears and feelings.
The main character, Zhang Ling, a sensitive and introspective woman, decides to share her home, partly out of necessity but also driven by her characteristic desire to open up to the world again.
Pink Fireworks is a realistic account of the everyday life of a group of elderly people, with all the problems derived from being in a society that seems to have no time or space for them, which, however, does not give up a look full of romance, irony, and hope.
Loneliness and illness are not sweetened, but just as vividly described are all the emotions that do not end with youth and that animate the characters’ days. The house they inhabit, long empty, once again fills with music, colors, experiments, and love, but it will not be so easy for Zhang Ling to hold it all together…
With delicacy, the film reminds us that the inner life has its own time and that what infuses it with dignity and beauty is being able to find ways, always creative, to express oneself.