Fang Xiuying is dying. Paralyzed, her mind ravaged by Alzheimer’s, the elderly woman is now only a suffering body on which the famous Chinese filmmaker has focused his camera, in search of the slightest sign of humanity. This patient, tender and deeply intimate observation contrasts sharply with the attitude of Mrs. Fang’s family and neighbours. At her bedside, they openly discuss her coming burial and her past mistakes, and some wander o to go fishing... Wang Bing delivers a portrait of life in a fishing village in southern China, where, for a few weeks, a woman lay dying while the men went about their business. A powerful work with deep metaphysical and political undertones.