17 Ott «Her Last Day» by Jiacheng Wang
With a compelling narrative and a powerful female perspective on the topic of marriage and domestic violence, Jiacheng Wang, a young and talented Chinese-born director, weaves a visual poem of rebellion against social norms and sheds light on the hidden trauma that affects countless families.
“Her Last Day” delves into the depths of domestic violence and the complex decisions victims must make. Meizi is a woman trapped in an abusive relationship with her husband, living in an impeccable facade of familial respectability, but her daily existence is a nightmare of fear and despair.
Through a dreamlike sea of memories of her marriage, she must confront her past choices and decide whether to free herself from the cycle of abuse.
Wang’s directorial skill shines in “Her Last Day,” a visually stunning film that entrusts to an accumulation of images, and sensations and traces the layering of a woman’s interiority, buried under the memory of the abuse she suffered, but not defeated. Indeed, surreal elements and a poetic narrative style create an atmosphere that mirrors the protagonist’s inner struggle. The dreamlike tunnel and the awakening of Meizi’s perceptions add layers of depth and hope to the story, immersing the audience in her journey of self-discovery and empowerment.
Lead actress Arlene Lee makes this portrayal of violence possible beyond the stereotypes made up of beady eyes and broken bones. She embodies the vulnerability and strength Meizi found to redeem herself and her daughter. Jiacheng Wang’s directorial vision is rooted in her experience as a witness to domestic violence, who has succeeded with “Her Last Day” in giving voice to those who have suffered in silence. Wang’s authenticity and Lee’s ability to transform perceptions into tangible and cathartic narrative experiences make this project both disruptive and delicate.
“Her Last Day” is a powerful and necessary film that addresses all the nuances of domestic violence victims’ inner selves, a poetic testimony that inspires change and reflection in the hearts of anyone who has glimpsed the invisible cages of violence and dependency.