Thursday, September 22, 2005

Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress - 2001

Director: Sijie Dai (Also Screenplayer)
Cast: Zhou Xun as The Little Seamstress, Chen Kun as Luo, Liu Ye as Ma
Runtime: 110 min / France:116 min (Cannes Film Festival)
Country: France / China
Language: Mandarin / French



At the height of Mao's infamous Cultural Revolution, two teenage best friends, Luo and Ma, guilty of being the sons of bourgeois doctors, have been exiled to a remote mountain village to be "re-educated by the poor peasants". A little light comes their way when they encounter the little seamstress, with whom Luo launches an affair. A suitcase stuffed with forbidden Western classics in Chinese translations transforms the boys' lives, and Luo dreams of transforming the little seamstress from a simple country girl into a sophisticated lover with his foreign tales. He succeeds beyond his expectations, but the result is not what he might have hoped for.......


Preview & Review
- Review: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress ! (September 30, 2005)
- Tale is well-read and well-played (September 23, 2005)


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