Zeitgeist Films | Release Date: April 25, 2008
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Generally favorable reviews based on 14 Ratings
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JD.May 22, 2008
Whenever the focus switches back to Yu Shui's saga, the film quickly regains its affecting resolve. No more so than in the long, lingering shot of her peasant father who, as the water level rises, is carting off what's left of his Whenever the focus switches back to Yu Shui's saga, the film quickly regains its affecting resolve. No more so than in the long, lingering shot of her peasant father who, as the water level rises, is carting off what's left of his home, bearing the load on his back, trudging step by weary step up the steep incline of the riverbank. In mid-climb, the man pauses and, in that frozen instant, belongs both to tomorrow's uncertain world and to yesterday's harsh myth Collapse
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RobertI.Jun 8, 2008
An affecting documentary, witnessing the rise and fall of contemporary China. By focusing on a young woman's wrenching away from her precarious family home, we get an intimate glimpse of her expanding universe, at once thrilling and An affecting documentary, witnessing the rise and fall of contemporary China. By focusing on a young woman's wrenching away from her precarious family home, we get an intimate glimpse of her expanding universe, at once thrilling and somehow sooty and spoiled. Sadness and loss teeter on the brink of the rising waters, which bear prosperity, hope, and our imperfect world to China. Expand
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GabrielJul 6, 2008
Very powerful film. I'm not sure what Dyna is talking about, of course the subject outweighs the film, the subject matter is heavier than lead.
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AnnieS.Oct 16, 2008
Devastatingly haunting, heart-breaking, and beautiful. One of the most stunning and important films of our time.
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PeterL.Apr 27, 2008
An amazing, intimate - and chilling - look at the changes that are wracking China ... and how they are affecting the lives of both young and old. Far from the bright lights of Shanghai, already-precarious existences are put at risk.
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DavidMay 9, 2009
The father is one of the most interesting, but tragic characters I have ever seen caught on film. His recognition of change, and his responsibilities outweigh any anger he has about relocating. Simply a stunning documentary, one that should The father is one of the most interesting, but tragic characters I have ever seen caught on film. His recognition of change, and his responsibilities outweigh any anger he has about relocating. Simply a stunning documentary, one that should be seen by anybody who has bought a product from China, aka everybody! Expand
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