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11 Flowers (2011)

Liu Wenqing , Wang Jingchun , Wang Xiaoshuai  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Liu Wenqing, Wang Jingchun, Yan Ni, Zhang Kexuan, Zhong Guo Liuxing
  • Directors: Wang Xiaoshuai
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,866 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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One of China's foremost directors, Wang Xiaoshuai (Beijing Bicycle) has created a moving coming-of-age tale set in the final days of China's Cultural Revolution.

11-year-old Wang lives with his family in a remote village in Guizhou province. Life is tough, but they make the most of what little they have. When Wang is selected to lead his school in their daily gymnastics, his teacher recommends that he wear a clean, new shirt, which forces his family to make a great sacrifice. Soon after, Wang has a strange encounter with a wounded, desperate man - a man on the run. In no time the fates of Wang and the fugitive are intertwined.

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CRITICS' PICK! Luminous...intimate...lovely. --New York Magazine

A beautifully crafted, small gem of a film, reminiscent of Stand by Me. --This Week in New York

CRITICS' PICK! A finely tuned, riveting drama. --New York Magazine

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible June 23, 2013
11 Flowers is a beautiful deliberate fantastic film.

Set in China at the end of the Cultural Revolution, the story is told from the eyes of 11 year old Wang Han. The film opens with Wang Han getting ready for school. His family lives in a small village and the apartment is crowded. The opening shots are claustrophobic, with a lot going on in the frame. The world becomes much larger once he rides to school with his father, the framing opens up wide to show a massive poster of Chairman Mao, a scene repeated frequently in the film. Within the first few minutes the stage is clearly set, the main characters of the film are introduced, mother, father, sister, and Wang's three friends.

I was reminded of a few of my favorite films. The relationship between Wang Han and his father is much like the father and son in My Father's Glory. Both fathers say very little in the film, but they have a powerful positive impact on their son. In both films there is a wonderful happy scene of the family and friends eating outside. In both films this was a dramatic inflection point. Cinema Paradiso, there was a bittersweet feel of a person looking back on a particular important moment in their life. Both films are told as flashbacks, an adult remembering what happened without judgment. And of course Stand By Me, the relationship between the four young boys and their coming of age.

Every character was well developed and perfectly cast. I cared about what happened to everyone. I was emotionally involved in the film. In some ways, I didn't want the film to end, it is just that good. The director composed every shot deliberately, framing was perfection. The pacing and editing were amazing. The story made sense and flowed beautifully.
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