In The Crushing Poverty of rural China, a young woman is ordered to a remote village to be their substitute teacher. Barely older than her students, the shy girl is charged with keeping the class intact for one month or she won't be paid. Faced with overwhelming family debt, her biggest little troublemaker disappears into the city to find work. The stubborn teacher, however, is determined to follow the boy and bring him back to school. Once in the city, her simple peasant pleas fall on deaf ears, and only when the local television station sympathizes does her search bear fruit.
Minzhi Wei, Huike Zhang, Zhenda Tian, Enman Gao, Zhimei Sun, Yuying Feng, Fanfan Li, Yichang Zhang, Zhanqing Xu, Hanzhi Liu, Ma Guolin, Wu Wanlu, Liu Ru, Wang Shulan, Fu Xinmin, Mei Bai, Mingshan Zhang, Jiao Jie, Rong Huimin, Sun Zhiwei
Given that the average age of the actors in this film is 8 it is quite watchable. An uplifting film portraying poverty in a positive way with a very friendly atmosphere in the remote and impoverished village contrasting with a busy, more affluent and crowded but nonetheless lonely existence in the city.
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- Not One Less review by CP Customer
An outstanding Chinese drama in which the entire cast is made up of amateurs playing characters which mirror their real life. The storyline is fantastic and kept me hooked from start to end. If you're a fan of foreign cinema then this should be high on your rental list.
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Modern Day Propaganda?
- Not One Less review by JT
Fascinating tale of young teacher placed in a poverty-struck rural school, in fear of losing pupils
The story evolves and takes us into a modern Chinese city. Quite a contrast and shocking to see the conflicting standards. The film could be interpreted as a moral tale, or taken at face value? We werent too sure as a deeper understanding of the chinese psyche would be needed.
Fabulous cast of children who were totally captivating, and we love the insights into lives of others