Little HeHe is a very sick 5 year old. Deathly I’ll from Leukemia, she needs stem cells from her non-existent sibling in order to survive, as all other options have failed. Mei, her mother, has fallen into the despair reserved for those who make their children the center of their worlds. She doesn’t know how to continue if Hehe dies. Her first husband left her to build condo’s and high rises, carries a Louis Vuitton hand murse wherever he goes and is prone to sexual dysfunction. Time is of the essence though as treatment after treatment fail and rounds of chemo weaken the girl severely.
Mei’s entire being becomes fused on Option Z off-handedly mentioned by the doctors; create another child to save this one. Create another child with her workaholic ex-husband with the permission and blessing of her current husband Xie Huaicai, otherwise know as the best man in the world. Xie Huaicai carries HeHe from place to place, feeds her, works from home, is penitence and harmony personified. Mei knows that to do this would destroy him as well as the already strained marriage of her ex. Mei doesn’t care.
In late 2007, it was announced that In Love We Trust would premiere in the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival where it would compete for the Golden Bear. The film would ultimately go on to win the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay in Berlin. I can’t agree more with this decision as the script is sparse, and minimally perfect. With the backdrop of wintery cold sky-scrapers, high rise condo’s reminiscent of another similar film I reviewed, Lost in Beijing, we begin to understand a certain coldness that has pervaded the culture. No one wants to help anyone. Busyness and muchness strangling tradition and sentimentality viewed as a sign of weakness.
This is described in the film by the petit-bourgeois lifestyle of the ex-husband, Xiao Lu. Smoking like 5 carton of squares a day he flits from teetering construction project to teetering construction project, never mentally present even when he is there. His wife, Don Fan, seems to survive on conjugal hatred, slick counter surfaces and her job as an airline stewardess. We rarely see her not bemoaning the extreme injustice and suffering she is caused by his perceived selfishness because while he will possibly decide to have a baby with his ex to save his child’s life, he says no to his new wife having one. It’s just because they are so very busy. So busy being busy you see. The only complaint I had about the film was the rather abrupt ending. I wanted more. I wanted to know what happened to little Hehe, how things worked out….I wanted a pat ending so I could file this away with ease and understanding that comes with easy arcs. But of course the director who has given us excellence thus far takes the hard road and we are only left with more questions.