Springtime in a Small Town

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  • Summary: Set in China in 1946, shortly after the withdrawal of Japanese troops, this is the story of a couple in a small town whose lives are interrupted by the visit of the husband's old friend from Shanghai.


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  1. For Tian, who was banned from directing by Chinese authorities for a decade, it marks a triumphant return; for those who have loved the filmmaker's work in the past, few resurrections have seemed as welcome.
  2. 100
    Tian's movie seems to be among the finest expressions of the Chinese new wave.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Mar 3, 2014
    It is a beautifully acted, exquisitely considered chamber drama of subtlety and nuance: spellbindingly tender and utterly involving
  4. There's a painterly translucence to this ''Springtime,'' and a mystery, too; each frame is as delicately poised and lit as a Vermeer portrait of a woman, beckoning but unknowable.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Mar 3, 2014
    Beautifully photographed by Mark Lee (who also co-shot Wong Kar-Wai's In The Mood For Love), and delicately played by an untried cast, this confirms Tian as the Fifth Generation's unsung master.
  6. As Mark Li Ping-bing's beautiful cinematography observes the change of season, the movie becomes a broader meditation on rebirth, and how, in the language of T. S. Eliot, April, the month that stirs such hopes for the future, is also "the cruellest month" for awakening such keen desire.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Mar 3, 2014
    The film exudes a sense of fleetingness; however static these lives may be, Tian's narrative perfectly evokes a changing season.

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