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Film info: Bi, Don’t Be Afraid!

Film Information

Original Title Bi, Don’t Be Afraid!
English Title Bi, Don’t Be Afraid!
Director Phan Dang Di
Year 2010
Format HD
Colour Color
Duration 90 min
  • Thanh Minh Phan, Thi Kieu Trinh Nguyen, Ha Phong Nguyen, Thuy Hoa, Tran Tien
  • Guión: Phan Dang Di
  • Fotgrafía: Quang Pham Minh
  • Montaje: Julie Beziau
  • Producción: Bao Mai Nguyen, Hoang Diep Nguyen


Bi is a six year-old boy living in Hanoi with his mother, father and aunt. One day, his sick grandfather comes back after being who knows where. Bi’s father and grandfather don’t get along very well. The father spends less and less time in the house and is interested in a masseuse; the mother doesn’t seem to care, and the aunt is lost and very erotically in love with one of her students. Yet the charm of Bi, Don’t Be Afraid is not based on telling these family vicissitudes, but on cinematographically building that microcosm. Bi observes (and so do we) a world full of images and sounds that are attractive, fascinating, intriguing, and structured by variations on rhythm, environment, tone, sensation. The ice blocks from the factory Bi usually visits contrasts the heat of sex featured throughout the film; and the quietness of the house stands against the clamor and abundance of a growing vegetation. But this remarkable debut does not merely stress this game of oppositions, but smartly and boldly unfolds the diversity in both Bi’s world and cinema’s own ways of being.

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