Before the Chinese New Year, I happened to see the movie Four Springs and to read the book Qin Se Ensemble, written jointly by Gong Jimin and Fang Rennian, a Chinese couple – both writers – residing in the United States since the 80s. Moving images and writings are reflections of the independent yet dialoguing spiritual worlds of the two featuring loving couples. Never had I seen the happiness of an old couple so lovingly depicted. To replace a beautiful phrase I cited from the book Qin Se Ensemble which I’m unable to translate into English, here is a scene depicted by Michel Houellebecq in his book Submission:
“Andre and Jeanne soon felt nothing but blessed tenderness, maternal satisfaction, at sharing the same bed, at simply lying close together and talking before they turned back to back and went to sleep.”
“A river, suffering because reflections of clouds and trees are not clouds and trees.”
Wishing us another year of “piggy suffering” from reflections of things.
“一条河流 / 因云和树的倒影不是云和树而受苦”
In the daytime, Damien works for Almine Rech. Then, he stays with himself in the evening.
Day and night are distinguishable as such!