Toronto, Sep 7 (Canadian-Media): 'So Long, My Son's central trauma of married couple's untimely death of their young son, and their process of grieving set against one-child policy of Chinese society spanning four decades is depicted by Sixth-Generation filmmaker Wang Xiaoshuai.
Wang’s indirect approach renders both emotionally affective and historically revealing the lives of two married couples adjust to the vast social and economic changes taking place in China from the 1980s to the present.
The tragic intimacy of a grieving couple growing old against personal and social upheaval is well revealed by Wang's mesmerizing narration lasting 180 minutes.
The theme of the film is clearly guilt. Guilt is piled upon guilt upon guilt and no character in the film is spared from this human fallacy.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)