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  • Summary: Bax Xuemei is a young college graduate who yearns for a life as a budding urban capitalist but ends up drugged and sold as the bride of a rural brute. Beaten and raped by her new husband with the help of his parents, she tries desperately to escape but is trapped both by the closed culture and by the very remote location of the village. Unlike other kidnapped brides, she refuses to accept her fate even when she becomes pregnant, but her repeated escape attempts lead only to continuing brutality and betrayal. (Kino International) Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Twenty years ago, Li's film might have served as a warning; today, it rues a dehumanizing economic system run rampant that leaves one sad slave wife to muse, "It's easy to die. It's living that's hard."
  2. This is a resolutely tough-minded, beautifully crafted film so compelling as to make bearable watching the nearly unbearable.
  3. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Li’s story is lean and economical, but deeply harrowing, as Xuemei--sympathetically played by debuting performer Huang Lu, the only classically trained actor in a cast of non-professionals--clings to her courage and tries again and again to escape.
  4. Blind Mountain is a reminder that art sometimes keeps the truth alive far better than the news.
  5. The film's economical style, vivid cinematography and tremendous acting should attract audiences far and wide.
  6. 67
    Blind Mountain would be better-served by more touches of universality, as in the scene where a neighbor woman comforts Huang by saying, "All women go through this." That scene flirts with metaphor. The rest of the film too often descends into harangue.
  7. The movie not only indicts the country's embrace of capitalism by showing how low people will sink to make money, it also denigrates the agrarian class--once celebrated as heroic under Mao--by portraying its members as illiterate barbarians concerned only with continuing their family lines.

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Score distribution:
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