â€˜Any Old Loser Can Find a Man Hereâ€™
In the documentary â€œBachelor Mountain,â€ San Liangzi is a middle-age, divorced logger living in Chinaâ€™s snowy northeast province of Heilongjiang.
Excessive logging and toughening environmental regulations have pushed the local economy to the edge, and many of the inhabitants â€” especially the women â€” have long since moved to the city for work.
â€œAny old loser can find a man here,â€ says one of the female villagers interviewed. â€œMost women move to the city. They donâ€™t want to live here in the sticks. Weâ€™d all leave if we could.â€
Mr. San works occasional odd jobs, and he pines for one of the few single women in town. Wang Meizi â€” attractive but masculineâ€”lives with her parents and runs an inn. Mr. San has carried a torch for her for years, but she has no interest in marriage. â€œWe all know sheâ€™s a lesbian,â€ Mr. Sanâ€™s friends tell him in an effort to get him to move on, but he brushes them off with a wave of his hand.