Directors: Chengjie Cai
Writer: Chengjie Cai

  • COUNTRY : China


Life is rough for Erhao: widowed for the third time by an explosion at the fireworks factory she ran with her husband, she only just survives the accident. Semi-comatose and staying with her in-laws, she is raped by her brother-in-law. This sets her off on a quest through rural China that can perhaps also be seen as an escape fantasy.Together with her dead husband's deaf brother, Erhao leaves her relatives' home and goes in search of somewhere that can offer warmth and shelter. But this is in short supply in a social climate as cold and hard as the icy winter landscape of The Widowed Witch. Mistrust, superstition, and opportunism always trump empathy, but after Erhao is involved in a number of miraculous events, she notices that the same mechanisms can work to her advantage. Colour flickers now and again in this predominantly monochrome dark satire that highlights the moral vacuum in this impoverished part of China.

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