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36 Ratings

Memories Look at Me

Ji yi wang zhe wo

Directed by Song Fang
China, 2012


Fang comes back to her parents’ home in Nanjing, to stay with them for a while. Her elder brother’s family comes for reunion. Her brother who is not often home gives her a Yengisar Knife as a gift. Her sister-in-law carefully recommends her a blind date…

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Memories Look at Me Directed by Song Fang
Adopting a modest aesthetic that doesn’t distract from the story’s meditative drift (scenes were written based on Ms. Song’s intimate knowledge of the performers), the cinematographers Guan Dong-pei and Zhou Wen-cao navigate the film’s tight spaces gracefully and unobtrusively. The result is a slight yet profound exploration of generational choices and our fear of living our parents’ lives.
May 01, 2013
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Sweet and fiercely humane, Song’s layered family portrait is decidedly Buddhist: silent when it needs to be and steadfast about approaching inevitable tragedy with care and patience.
April 30, 2013
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This patient, sustained portrait of familial love is a rare achievement in today’s art cinema, and the mixture of deep sensitivity and matter-of-factness with which it explores its subject is without precedent in either Jia or Hou’s work.
October 13, 2012
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