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  • Summary: In a remote mountain village, the teacher (Gao) must leave for a month to care for his mother. The mayor can find only a 13-year old girl (Wei) to substitute, even though she is only a few years older than her students.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
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  1. A beautiful and genuinely spirit-lifting film about poverty and education.
  2. Has a slow-burning emotional power.
  3. 80
    Zhang's work is always worth watching, but this is the first of his films in which the sorrows are so heart-rending, its many comic moments so laugh-out-loud human.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    In style and story line, the film is daring in its simplicity.
  5. Reviewed by: Phoebe Flowers
    75
    Zhang, who tried to make his actors as unaware of the camera as possible, lets the story evolve slowly and deliberately.
  6. It's an excellent movie for kids, because it is about how amazing children can be.
  7. Its resolution reeks of phoniness and self-congratulation, even if some of the narrative strands leading up to it are fairly absorbing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. TYL
    Dec 2, 2008
    10
    Innocent, charming, real and moving. I've traveled the east and this movie reminds me of some of the harsh realities of rural areas and the small yet significant miracles of humanity. Expand
  2. PenelopeV.
    Oct 7, 2005
    10
    Simple story but with a great message. A teacher has to look beyond the eyes of her students, love and understand her students. Her job goes beyond teaching. Her jobs means reaching out to her learners with her mind and heart. I love the movie! Expand
  3. Nov 11, 2013
    9
    The film is exhausting, not the bad side of the word, he is strong and causes the viewer to anxiety and despair, and in the end, you feel. Wei is a heroine of the real world. Expand
  4. R.C,
    Nov 2, 2007
    8
    After living in China for 1 1/2 years I related to the interesting dynamics of the people in the movie. It was not unlike real life experienced by those that live in the country. Very Chinese. Collapse

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