Last Train Home Poster

Release Date: 2009

DVD Release Date: February 22nd, 2011

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 25 min

Plot Summary
Annually, an estimated 130 million factories workers in China migrate from their city of employment back to the village they grew up in. This documentary spotlights married couple Chen and Zhang as they make their own journey. Chen and Zhang must struggle to reconnect with their children, whom they see only once a year. When they discover that their daughter has decided to drop out of school to work at a factory herself, they begin questioning the value of their sacrifice.

Director: Lixin Fan

Genres: Documentary

Keywords: Sacrifice, Mother, Fascinating, 2000s, Family, Love, Growing up, Son, Father, Daughter, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

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  • It's one of those extraordinary films, like "Hoop Dreams," that tells a story the makers could not possibly have anticipated in advance. It works like stunning, grieving fiction. show more

  • Fan's fly-on-the-wall perspective enables the viewer to empathize with all the players in the family drama, unlikely to have a happy ending. show more

  • Frequently moving and quietly enlightening, Last Train Home is about love and exploitation, sacrifice and endurance. show more

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