A young girl is taken to live with her aunt and grandmother in Beijing. As an adolescent, Yanni is withdrawn and reclusive, believing that she has been abandoned by her parents, and that she has no control over either her life or her fate. The fact that her “family” doesn’t have much hope for her future only compounds her depression. Surprising everyone in her hostile household, Yanni is accepted to college. As she prepares to begin her new life, an encounter with a delivery boy triggers a series of unexpected events.
Director Li Shaohong takes us, as viewers, on a walk through a discovery of not only life under the city, but also a realistic perspective on the human experience.
“Shaohong Li holds the reins tightly and tells the story calmly and with restraint, making us realize that what’s happening here is probably happening every day all over China” -Film Critic
“Quietly implosive performance that captures the serenity of despair”
‘Stolen Life’ is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative.
In Mandarin with English subtitles.