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  • Summary: Family ties bind us together in visceral ways, but the forces of modern life often seem to drive parents and children apart. Elderly Mr. Shi, a widower and a retired scientist, has arrived from Beijing to spend time with his divorced daughter, Yilan. He hopes to help her sort out her life inFamily ties bind us together in visceral ways, but the forces of modern life often seem to drive parents and children apart. Elderly Mr. Shi, a widower and a retired scientist, has arrived from Beijing to spend time with his divorced daughter, Yilan. He hopes to help her sort out her life in this strange new country. (Magnolia) Expand
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  1. 88
    In observing the reality of this relationship, Wang contemplates the "generation gap" in modern societies all over the world. His film quietly, carefully, movingly observes how these two people of the same blood will never be able to understand each other, and the younger one won't even care to.
  2. A spare, controlled study in communication gaps and a piercing sketch of suburban American loneliness.
  3. Rich in revealing detail and apt in its use of everyday Spokane settings, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers shows that Wang remains a master explorer of the landscape of the human heart.
  4. 70
    A gentle, pleasantly unrushed piece of moviemaking. There’s a tonic simplicity to how it gets the job done, and if the film comes off as fairly conventional stuff, it nevertheless succeeds on its own modest, middlebrow terms.
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    70
    Modest but moving, a finely observed portrait of a father/daughter relationship that will resonate deeply for many viewers.
  6. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    70
    There's nothing earth-shattering going on here, but it's a film you'll want to befriend.
  7. 42
    Most of the film isn't as willing to reach out to viewers, and most won't be willing to do all the work in order to connect with it.

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