Set in the People’s Republic of China during the 1990s, the film centers on a 13-year-old substitute teacher, Wei Minzhi, in the Chinese countryside. Called in to substitute for a village teacher for one month, Wei is told not to lose any students…
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I don't know if it's because i'm unwell, exhausted, a very sweet film or a combination of the three, but the last 5 minutes made me cry. It's only the 5th or 6th film i've ever seen in my life to make me do so. Even if I was well, I would still call this film wonderful <3
This brought tears to my eyes. Yet it’s more from manipulation than a revealed truth. Columbia Pictures! A propaganda film for charitable values, uses an insight into the lives of the poor in China, as a way to undermine. What the film attacks is left unclear and amorphous. Manipulative indeed!
i didnt think the ending was 'artificially happy' like some ppl r saying...it happened very organically, maybe its the industrialization + advent of tv as a medium that is artificial...just being #deep
In a remote mountain village, the teacher must leave for a month, and the mayor can find only a 13-year old girl, Wei Minzhi, to substitute. The teacher leaves one stick of chalk for each day and promises her an extra 10 yuan if there's not one less student when he returns. Within days, poverty forces the class troublemaker, Zhang Huike, to leave for the city to work.
The acting blew me away and I consider it to be the strongest point of this movie. It's completely natural, as if the camera wasn't even there.
Another strong point is the cinematography, which is complemented by the beauty of China's rural landscapes.
All in all an excellent movie that's definitely worth watching!