Conjugation


Conjugation
[Dongci bianwei, 2001]
Film
In her masterfully directed first feature film, Emily Tang (Tang Xiaobai), one of the few female directors of the Sixth Generation, draws a subtle yet harrowing picture of the despair that struck her generation after Tiananmen Square.
In the cold winter of 1989, Guo Song and Xiao Qing, a young couple who have met while demonstrating on the Square, sneak into empty buses to make love at night. Later, they move in together (illegally, for they’re not married) in a hovel they try to turn into a shelter against the outside world. Guo Song, a recent graduate, has been assigned a factory job. Xiao Qing, a student, moonlights in a ‘new-style’ cappuccino bar. When Guo Song gets drunk with his buddies, they talk about one of them, nicknamed ‘Foot Finger’, still ‘missing’, and they read aloud the poems he left behind—letters addressed to an imaginary ‘sister’:
Sister, sister! I am cold and lonely
Shrouded in darkness.
Conjugation’s elliptic structure is made of seemingly disconnected vignettes: the pathetic dance celebrating the upcoming Asian Olympic games that Guo Song and his co-workers are forced to perform; Xiao Qing’s joyless encounter with a businessman who takes her to a hotel; or Guo Song’s blank stare when the man drops her at their door. Keeping all violence off-screen, Tang focuses on small gestures, mundane situations, the fragile pursuit of personal happiness and the unbearable silence of repression, sometimes broken by a glimpse of hope.
BÉRÉNICE REYNAUD

Encyclopedia of contemporary Chinese culture. . 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Conjugation — Con ju*ga tion, n. [L. conjugatio conjugation (in senses 1 & 3).] 1. the act of uniting or combining; union; assemblage. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Mixtures and conjugations of atoms. Bentley. [1913 Webster] 2. Two things conjoined; a pair; a couple.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • conjugation — conjugation. См. конъюгация. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • Conjugation — (v. lat.), die Art u. Weise, wie ein Verbum conjugirt, d.h. durch angehängte Endungen, Vorsetzsylben u. durch Verwandlung des Vocals der Stammsylbe abgebeugt wird, daß dadurch die verschiedenen Personen, Numeri, Tempora, Modi u. Genera bezeichnet …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Conjugation — Conjugation, Flexion oder Beugung eines Zeitwortes nach seinen Personal , Zahl , Art oder Rede , Zeit und Geschlechtsformen. Die Gesetze der Sprachenbildung haben in der latein. und französ. Sprache 4, in der italien. 3, in der griech. 2 C.en in… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • conjugation — index coalescence, combination, joinder Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • conjugation — mid 15c., from L. conjugationem (nom. conjugatio) a combining, connecting, noun of action from conjugare to join together (see CONJUGAL (Cf. conjugal)). Grammatical sense is 1520s …   Etymology dictionary

  • conjugation — [kän΄jə gā′shən] n. [ME conjugacion < L conjugatio] 1. a conjugating or being conjugated; union 2. Biol. any of various types of sexual reproduction in which certain algae, fungi, etc. exchange genetic material 3. Gram. a) a methodical… …   English World dictionary

  • Conjugation — Conjugal redirects here. For the type of prison visit, see conjugal visit. Conjugation may refer to: Grammatical conjugation, the modification of a verb from its basic form Marriage, a relationship between two or more individuals Contents 1… …   Wikipedia

  • conjugation — conjugational, adj. conjugationally, adv. /kon jeuh gay sheuhn/, n. 1. Gram. a. the inflection of verbs. b. the whole set of inflected forms of a verb or the recital or display thereof in a fixed order: The conjugation of the Latin verb amo… …   Universalium

  • conjugation — UK [ˌkɒndʒʊˈɡeɪʃ(ə)n] / US [ˌkɑndʒəˈɡeɪʃ(ə)n] noun [countable] Word forms conjugation : singular conjugation plural conjugations linguistics 1) the way that you conjugate a particular verb the conjugation of the verb to see 2) a group of verbs… …   English dictionary

  • conjugation — noun Date: 15th century 1. a. a schematic arrangement of the inflectional forms of a verb b. verb inflection c. a class of verbs having the same type of inflectional forms < the weak conjugation > d. a set of the simple or derivative …   New Collegiate Dictionary


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.