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  • Summary: Based on the international best-seller, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is set in the early 1970's during the later stages of China's "Cultural Revolution," as two city-bred teenage best friends, Luo (Kun Chen) and Ma (Ye Liu), are sent to a backward mountainous region for Maoist re-education. (Empire Pictures) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
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  1. Sweet, funny, sad and profound -- the sort of film that becomes more remarkable when you realize it's based on someone's real life.
  2. A funny, sad and absolutely lovely film.
  3. If the movie is straightforward and predictable in its attitude, it also exudes a sort of documentary lyricism.
  4. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    A visually lush and very Westernized vision of life in a remote Chinese village in the early 1970s.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    Though the film lacks some of the paper incarnation's subtlety, Dai's infidelity to his own text keeps things interesting. He busts the book's brief time frame, tweaks countless plot points, and tops it all off with a titanic metaphor not found in his own pages.
  6. 60
    Sure, Balzac meanders at too leisurely a pace. But the actors are charming; the story sweet
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Demonstrating just how different literature and filmmaking can be, filmmaker-turned-writer-turned filmmaker Dai Sijie botches an adaptation of his own best-selling short novel.

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Nov 2, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This movie is TERRIBLE and GULLIBLE. Just Fit for Crazy person!!! Communism, Communism, Communism!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand

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