On Dry Well Lane in Beijing in 1953, Chen Shujuan and Lin Shaolong marry. A year later their son, nicknamed Tietou (Iron Head), is born. The Party is everywhere: Mao’s photograph, loud-speaker announcements, visits from the neighborhood committee.
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One of those insufferable 90's-era "foreign films" that revolves around some object usually associated with a color, that represents either hope or freedom in some oppressive regime. The VHS box is usually plastered with wreaths, stars and bold letters and over a picture of the main character(s) interacting with said object or relishing in happier times. Critics will praise the film's courage and austere quality.
Highly impressive new-wave Chinese cinema. A film on family and political movements reminds me of Ozu... something rare that has be seen (because I bet Tian had finally released it in China for the first time after its communism-era ended).
Too time-specific (and probably a bit geographic-specific as well...). Un-relatable and very slow (to my taste at least). Found the second husband very irresponsible - yeah right dont take care yourself and die early to put your newly-wed into abyss. THANK YOU.
Une superbe direction d'acteurs, mettant en scène un complexe pan de l'histoire de la Chine en pleine période révolutionnaire (1953-1966) cette oeuvre fort appréciée dans bien des festivals, symbolise à elle seule l'évident renouveau d'un certain cinéma chinois... www.cinefiches.com