Synopsis by Mark Deming
A woman who lives apart from the world around her invites a troubled man to join her in this visually striking fantasy. Liu Zhi (Huang Jue) is a man stuck in a loveless marriage who has come to despair of his life in a confining modern apartment building. When he's alone, Liu records virtual diary entries on his camcorder, talking about his need to be loved and how out-of-place he feels in modern society. Liu's messages somehow find their way to Baober (Zhou Xun), a woman who lives in a strange but beautifully stylized world of her own. Baober meets Liu and encourages him to leave behind his old life to join her. Initially wary, Liu decides to leave his wife and join Baober in her apartment where he begins to merge with the eccentric patterns of her life and learns to appreciate a beauty that exists apart from the increasingly Westernized culture of China. The first theatrical feature in five years from filmmaker Li Shaohong, Lian'aizhongde Baobei (aka Baober in Love) was screened as part of the 2004 Berlin Film Festival.