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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Without ever dipping into indignity among wet, half-naked men, Shower sparkles with joy.
  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. It's a beautifully crafted, almost perfectly sustained little drama that skillfully makes a subtle, bittersweet point.
  4. 75
    Shower is also a comedy -- but it's the movie's melancholy streak that is its strongest asset.
  5. Told in a leisurely though concise 92 minutes, Shower is a purifying and refreshing spray of hope that family and lifestyle differences can be reconciled. Lovely.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    70
    There's something thin about the picture-both in its ideas and its visual texture.
  7. 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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