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  • Summary: Set in Shanghai, this is the story two migrants from the countryside who move to the big city and follow divergent paths toward what they hope will be happy lives -- one as a worker, the other as a crook.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 80
    So moving and so timely.
  2. The result is a film that is wise, fatalistic and romantic in just the right proportions--in the best noir tradition.
  3. Strong acting and no-nonsense filmmaking lend interest and impact to the dramatic story.
  4. The Stockholm syndrome, that strange psychological malady by which hostages bond emotionally with their captors, is the central theme in this intimate melodrama.
  5. 60
    The texture is reminiscent of last year's "Suzhou River," but the basic material isn't as rich.
  6. Like Lou Ye's "Suzhou River," a Hitchcock homage similarly set in Shanghai's demimonde, So Close to Paradise offers an intriguing and sometimes self-canceling mixture of emotion and style.
  7. 50
    An intermittently interesting drama.

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