Synopsis by Dan Pavlides
This plodding feminist drama tells the story of two women in different time periods. Guihua (Gu Yan) tries to find an outlet for her sexual frustrations after her impotent innkeeper husband dies. The second story takes place during the Qing dynasty when the 18-year-old widow Qingyu decides she will give up the pleasures of the world and read from books of prayer. Both women try to find love in a world bound by traditions that have lasted thousands of years.
chauvinist, tradition, women's-issues