Rent Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2002)

3.7 of 5 from 179 ratings
1h 46min
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Synopsis:
Luo (Chen Kun) and Ma (Liu Ye), two bourgeois young men from the city are sent to a remote, culturally barren mountain village for re-education in Maoist principles. Discovering a hidden cache of books by western writers such as Flaubert, Dumas and Balzac, the pair transmit their love of art and literature to the knowledge hungry local seamstress (the commanding Xun Zhou, Beiling Bicycle, Suzhou River), with whom they both promptly fall in love.
Actors:
, , , , , , Xiong Xiao, Zuohui Tang, , Tianlu Chen, Qing-yun Fan, Jie Min, , Yukun Xu, Lina Mei
Directors:
Sijie Dai
Writers:
Sijie Dai
Aka:
Xiao cai feng
Studio:
Optimum
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Countries:
China, Comedy, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/04/2004
Run Time:
106 minutes
Languages:
Mandarin
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Making Of Featurette
  • Interviews
  • Cast And Crew Biographies
  • Stills Gallery
  • Trailer Reel

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Reviews (3) of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Thought provoking and beautiful - Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress review by Pizza Man

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20/11/2006

Enjoyed this movie greatly. It's thought provoking and beautiful. It's a coming of age drama, a romance, a story set in troubled times and an insight into rural China a few decades ago.

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Political, but romantic with sublime scenery - Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress review by JD

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08/06/2010

The stunning setting of remote mountainous grandeur makes the very plain Maoist way of life seem strangely appealing. The conversion of the bourgeois to peasants is an unspoken stupidity of this regime which now appears ridiculous but worryingly had an almost self-perpetuating support. The cultural revolution is a difficult plot to make into a compelling film but I was utterly captivated by this serene and charismatic film.

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Beautiful and moving in a stunning mountain setting - Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress review by GF

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28/04/2017

Set in 1971, coming up to the present day this is a coming of a age film combining politics, literature, and romance in a truly stunning mountain setting. A beautiful and though provoking film with great performances.

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