The film expresses a girl's self-doubt and self-transformation at a confusing stage of her life, and her ultimate choice to compromise with reality, which, on the other hand, is also a reconciliation with herself.

A line can be a rule, a standard, a guide to a direction, or a track that has been acted upon, and because different people will have different impressions of the same thing, the line can be taken as anything in the viewer's mind. As a ubiquitous social tool, a lie can be a weapon to hurt others or a barrier to protect oneself, distancing people from each other while maintaining a balance in disguise.

There is a double pendulum which consists of one pendulum attached to another of movement throughout the film. This is a trial and experiment in the application of mathematical methods to filmmaking. Double pendula are an example of a simple physical system which can exhibit chaotic Eric Weisstein's World of Math behavior (Arnold, 1989, p. 109). The trajectory of such a physical system is actually parallel to real life and can therefore be seen as an abstract reflection of the life of the protagonist in the film, rather than through a traditional narrative style. In addition, the film also uses river dams, pen handwriting, car wipers, jellyfish tentacles and pavements as figurative representations of lines. 

Lines And Lies (Tuo Tian, 2021)

Lines And lies” is an experimental film that uses both digital media methods to simulate some of the surreal images and tries to achieve a retro feel by colour grading and adding special effects to the images in post-editing. 

There are also close-ups of girls wearing make-up in “Lines And Lies”. From applying lipstick to putting on mascara, the picture appears with half of the girl's face. These shots may seem unrelated to the rest of the film, but they are integral to the film and even the climax of the film. In particular the shot of the girl smudging her make-up, although the effect of the girl's make-up is then restored by rewinding the shot, the effect is that the girl is forced to restore her make-up, as the use of rewinding makes the picture both complete and mechanical, so it just has a sense of unnaturalness. And, while the girl's smudging of her make-up may seem like a sudden act that can't be linked to the previous content, a close-up of the girl's bound feet after her make-up is actually an ambush. The film was keen to incorporate feminist elements and make the theme more of a voice for women. 

“Lines And lies” applies the filmmaking method of found footage into many of the location shots. Such as the footages of the girl walking and running on the beach, in the park, in the street, which were shot with a handheld camera. It could be easier to give the image a realistic sense of documentation.

Special thanks to Ziqi Kou for being an actress in this film.

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