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Aro Recommended Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress


China 2002, 111 minutes
Dir. Dai Sijie
In Cantonese with English subtitles
Rating: [M]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama

Topics: Period 1970s.


Aroview: Lovingly photographed fable of freedom, set during China's 'Cultural Revolution' in 1971 and based on the dir.'s own adolescence.

Two young intellectuals are banished to a remote rural village for 're-education', instead finding life lessons from a suitcase full of forbidden Western novels and love from a local girl. A nostalgic paean to a lost past, this is sentimental in the best, most evocative sense.

NZ International Film Festival 2003
Adopt-a-Movie Kindly Adopted by Linda Pears

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DVD Features

  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • aspect ratio: widescreen

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