我不是潘金蓮 (I Am Not Madame Bovary) (Blu-ray release 2017-4-6) is a satire of Chinese bureaucracy. The protagonist went through a fake divorce with her husband in order to avoid laws that prevent them from getting better housing. After that her husband married someone else. She tried to convince the court that her previous divorce is fake, so they can stay married and she can then properly divorce him. Of course she lost the case. She complains to higher levels of government, eventually to Beijing. A lot of officials are annoyed and have their careers affected seriously.
I am not saying this is a bad movie, and I am sure plenty of people appreciate it. However, this movie is wrong for me on many levels. I watched it only because many reviews refer to it as a comedy, but this is not a comedy in my book. I do not mind political satire, but when the whole movie is dedicated to it with slow pacing, this is not an entertaining experience for me. There is something fundamentally unrealistic in this drama. The escalation simply cannot happen, and the movie portrays the officials at high levels sincerely wanting to help, and the bad actions are only done by low level officials. (If all the officials are bad, this movie would never get released.) The final revelation that attempts to rationalize the ridiculous premise is odd. My TV is not large enough, the visual representation – reducing the screen to a circle, made this problem much worse, I think this is a totally unnecessary gimmick, regardless of whatever artistic intent there is (say, transforming from an ant to an elephant as a metaphor).