Xiao He is a free-spirited teacher working in a village in Northern China. To her, learning is possible only if one experiences the pleasure of discovering something new, and it does not mean abiding by the same old rules.
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If Lotus is an unsophisticated, mediocre film, Liu Shu, at least, is a compelling puzzle. Subversion and conformity are woven together with perplexingly unfeigned sincerity; valid critiques of patriarchy & authoritarianism are set up to look a lot like the rote misgivings of naive, headstrong youth. By the end, it all seems less a ploy for the censors than a genuine adaptation against cognitive dissonance. Strange.
Film très intéressant dans sa façon de nous faire vivre les difficultés que doivent dépasser les jeunes femmes éduquées et libre-penseuses en Chine. Film un peu féministe, mais axé surtout sur le quotidien des gens là-bas. Critique pertinente de la propagande et du contrôle de la vie courante par le gouvernement. On a un peu l'impression qu'être soi-même est devenu impossible, tant en Chine qu'en occident...
' when expectation and sorrow, they become a part of life and the heart goes soft'
Lotus is an intelligent film. There are a subtle amount of surreal scenes that demonstrate passive and active ways of containing the restlessness of your 20's. It is worth watching for the ending especially.
A tale about adultness, the coming of age, dreams, ambitions, hopes and the eventual triumph of pragmatism/reality. The story is indeed somewhat cliché, but it's very nicely shot and acted so it does get a 3.5 from me.
Sad story about a free spirit in the still very conservative Chinese society. The fact that the stubborn woman is Chinese makes this an original film.
I still have my doubt about the moral: the only way to succeed in this life is to bow with the wind?
A very depressing story on how the dreams and reality don't suit. Instead of giving us an empowered woman, we have a little girl struggling, saved constantly by men. Moral of the story: get married or find a failed path to dreams? Not sure...