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3.5
38 Ratings

Memories Look at Me

Ji yi wang zhe wo

Directed by Song Fang
China, 2012
Drama

Synopsis

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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