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Not Rated In Theaters 07/29/2005 , 111min.
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
For an exquisitely melancholy story steeped in a sense of the past as a succession of great waves of political, ideological and economic change, it's fitting that the movie should end with an underwater sequence. It looks like a dream of a memory of a place about to be wiped out by the next great flood of history. Full Review
Dana Stevens
The New York Times
Dai Sijie's tender, touching adaptation of his own novel of the same title. Full Review
David Stratton
A visually lush and very Westernized vision of life in a remote Chinese village in the early 1970s. Full Review
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
If the movie is straightforward and predictable in its attitude, it also exudes a sort of documentary lyricism. Full Review
Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
Sweet, funny, sad and profound -- the sort of film that becomes more remarkable when you realize it's based on someone's real life. Full Review

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