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  • Summary: Set amidst the stunning mountain terrain of China's remote Hunan province, this poignant drama concerns an aging postman who is unable to maintain his grueling route. He decides to hand the job off to his son, but with this passing of the torch comes deep emotions.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
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  1. It's a love letter to the myriad ways, large and small, that mail handlers change lives the world over.
  2. 75
    The beauty of Huo Ji Anqi's film transcends China's lush Hunan province to focus on the peace that comes from within.
  3. 75
    The movie consists of the journey, the conversations, the scenery, the little human stories. No big drama. No emergencies. Just carrying the mail, which over the years has supplied the threads to bind together all of these lives.
  4. 70
    It is an endearing, likable film, though its benign surface may cover some subtle propaganda on behalf of China's centralized government.
  5. Undeniably a heart-tugger, but it is also a stirring affirmation of the rewards of a job well done.
  6. 63
    It's a simple tale of father-and-son bonding that director Huo Jianqi injects with a quiet power, and it benefits greatly from the gorgeous lushness of its backdrop.
  7. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    40
    The notion that every generation is fundamentally the same gets hammered home so relentlessly that it becomes suffocating, despite all the fresh air.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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