Be a Mother (男女關係之密語)
A big winner at the China Image Film Festival, the largest Chinese film festival in Europe, and popular among film festival audiences, Be a Mother is a serious and well-acted film about surrogate motherhood and all the issues, emotional and practical, that this entails. Starring Alex Fong (方中信) and newcomer Wang Pei (汪裴), the film follows a well-off urban couple who long for a child. They decide first to bring in a surrogate mother (played by Qin Lan, 秦嵐), and then Wang’s character also adopts an orphan after being on assignment in an earthquake zone. There is more than enough to get some melodramatic emotions kicking in, and it doesn’t take much to figure that things will not turn out well for anybody. Despite the improbable story, the cast does a reasonably good job keeping things grounded in recognizable human emotions.