For me the experience of this picture was a mix of thinking I understood what was happening, realizing I had no idea what was happening, finally realizing what had happened, and marveling at the stylistic choices being made. A bit of an enigmatic telling of a very bleak story.
This film is ostensibly about obsession and in this case the very sad repercussions of fanatical actions on innocent children. The cinematography is superb with panoramic shots of contemporary rural China and flashback scenes recorded using hand-held with stunning colours and use of focus. The film builds to a quite shocking and extremely powerful ending that stunningly contrasts past idealism with today's reality.