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  • Summary: Set in and around a traditional Chinese communal bathhouse, the film chronicles changing times that put the bathhouse's future in doubt, as the son of the owner comes home to visit when he receives a postcard from his mentally challenged brother informing him that their father has died.
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
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  1. Superbly acted, cleverly written, sensitively directed.
  2. The beauties of Shower lie in its human observation, in its funny interplay, candor, lusty acting and hearty simplicity - and also in its warm imagery and the fascinating symbolic use it makes of water.
  3. 83
    A lovely film that requires a leisurely sit to think, Shower is not so much a shower as a bath, and a refreshing one at that.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    You won't see a more humane and delicately moving riff this year on the theme of getting clean.
  5. 75
    Although it has some contrived plot devices (including the looming deadline of the city's threat to the bathhouse), it is warm and observant, and its ending is surprisingly true to the material.
  6. 40
    This gentle, slow-moving film contains some charming sequences but no new insights into the pleasures and burdens of family.

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