Director Teng Congcong’s blend of comedy and drama “Send Me to the Clouds” has been called one of the “most socially conscious, bravest, most original and most cinephilic movies of the year” as well as a “very mature. entertaining and important film” by critics.
Released by Cheng Cheng Films the movie is now streaming on various platforms in North America such as Amazon Prime, Vimeo and Vimeo on Demand.
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Diagnosed with ovarian cancer, iron-willed journalist Sheng Nan (“Surpass Men” in Chinese) is pressured to make a towards fortune and find mind-blowing sex before the costly surgery numbs her senses. Taking on a businessman’s biography writing job, she hikes into the misty mountains, where a chain of outbursts with her dysfunctional family, grumpy client, misogynistic co-worker and dreamlike romantic interest hilariously unfold. As deeply moving as it is luminously witty, writer-director Teng Congcong’s debut waltzes across the bitterness swallowed by her generation of women born under China’s One Child Policy, unprecedentedly burdened to “surpass men” while trying not to be “leftover women” at the same time. Saluting Dream of the Red Chamber in its title, the enchanting gem refreshes the 18th-century Chinese literature classic’s transcendent contemplation on desire, death and womanhood from a modern cinematic perspective.