The plot is simple, allowing the characters the attention they deserve. Dong Zi (Shi Yu) comes to the city from the countryside because of the opportunity to make money. He earns an honest living as a petty "shoulder pole" on the docks and is permitted to crash with Gao Ping (Guo Tao), an older gentleman and self-proclaimed businessman who tries to show him the ropes because they are from the same town. But Gao has a vendetta against a man who cheated him out of money. Though he dresses better and lives a fuller life than Dong, he is none the happier for doing so.
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Beijing Bicycle is introduced with a captivating style -- young men, mostly from poor farm families, appear on-camera individually and address the audience as they are interviewed for prestigious bike messenger positions. We hear an interviewer off-screen, but only witness these nervous, determined, sometimes blank faces, telling their stories in return for a chance at urban success. The narrative then follows one staffer, Guei (Cui Lin), as he zips through Beijing making deliveries to upscale office buildings, saving his earnings so that he can own his company bicycle.
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Belgian movie L'ENFANT beat 20 other films to win the coveted Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in France last night (21MAY05).
L'Enfant, which has the English title of THE CHILD, was directed by brothers LUC and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and follows a young couple struggling to survive in France's urban jungle.
This year's (05) festival marked the second time the Dardenne brothers have picked up the prestigious Palme D'Or - they previously won it in 1999 for ROSETTA.
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