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In the early 1980s, Xiao Yun, a sixteen year-old girl living in small riverside town in China, discovers she is pregnant. The local community is stunned, her family loses face and she and her boyfriend are expelled from school. In the aftermath, her boyfriend leaves her, and she gives birth and is then forced to put her child up for adoption.

Ten years later, her relationship with her family strained and ostracized by residents of the town, Xiao Yunn is reduced to working as a singer in a local song and dance troupe. And her only real companion is Xiao Yong, a fiercely affectionate boy who protects her from the critical eyes of the community until a marriage proposal discovers the limits of their friendship, and the depth of her unresolved past.

"With richly shaded cinematography, three-dimensional characters, and beautiful performances, this contemporary tale creates a lyrical, affecting portrait of a proud woman determined to escape the pressures of an unchanging tradition."
-Museum of Modern Art

"Beautiful cinematography and outstanding performances! 'Dam Street' is an immensely touching and captivating story of love and marginalization created with Li's skilled, caring directorial hand. Masterful!"
-Toronto International Film Festival

Dam Street is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

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Beautiful performances...A lyrical, affecting portrait --Museum of Modern Art

CHINESE FILMMAKING AT ITS BEST:
PICTURESQUE, EMOTIVE AND HAUNTING. This lyrical, quietly powerful study of a proud young woman trapped in a man s world boasts rich, burnished cinematography, arresting imagery, and a stunning central performance from the beautiful Liu Yi. --Edinburgh International Film Festival

The sexual politics are provocative --New York Times

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  • Actors: Denise Newman, Keenan Arrison
  • Directors: Oliver Hermanus
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Global Lens
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2013
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011ZW0LK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,292 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Martin Asiner on October 3, 2009
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Life in the post Mao era of the 1980s in China has the well deserved reputation of unrelieved grimness. DAM STREET is the visual affirmation of a culture that seems intent on punishing anyone who goes against the crowd. Director Yu Li uses stark images of a town located directly on a river that functions as a dam, literally holding back the potential energy of the swirling waters beyond and figuratively trapping the kinetic energy of the residents, all of whom are involved with avoiding being crushed by uncaring others or crushing those who cannot get out of the way fast enough. Sister Yun (Liu Yi) is a sixteen year old school girl who commits the unpardonable sin of getting pregnant by her boyfriend Wang Fen (Liu Rui). Their indiscretion is blared over the school's loudspeaker. Both are expelled. Wang Fen shows little gumption as he quickly accepts his disgrace and leaves town to become a carpenter's apprentice. Sister Yun has to face the hostility of the town totally alone. Her mother Teacher Su (Li KeChun) beats her and conspires with her other daughter Wang Zhengyue (Wang Yizhu)to give away the baby. They tell her the baby was stillborn. Ten years pass and Sister Yun tries to live down what she and the town see as a disgrace. She becomes a traditional Chinese opera singer who gets roundly booed when she sings. They urge her to sing pop songs, which she does. Her life is grim and unrelentingly cruel. She takes a lover who is married. When the wife finds out, she interrupts Sister Yu's singing to administer a public beating. Sister Yun becomes friends with a ten year old boy who needs a mother just as she needs a son. Complicating matters is a Freudian undertow of an Oedipal complex as their relation inches back and forth toward crossing a forbidden line.Read more ›
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I have traveled to Sichuan China several times in the last few years, where this movie is set. Despite the outward progress of capitalism in a Communist country, the status of women has changed very little -- especially when a single woman's daughter becomes pregnant. In order to "protect" the daughter, the new born son is reported doa, but is secretly raised through the intervention of the daughter's mother. Interesting relationships develop over the years involving all three members of this broken family. There is heart-breaking opportunities to accept responsibility for the actions of mother and daughter, built around the son, but too many hardships and delusions get in the way. A powerful portrait of the shame and lost love between mother (the ever-beautiful Li Kechun, whose acting is superb) and daughter is uneasy, but worth the closing scene. High recommendation.
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Yun becomes pregnant when she is young and is shunned and tormented by the townspeople where she lives. A decade later, after becoming a pop singer, she befriends a young boy, who is unknowingly the son she thought had been adopted. She discovers, in the end, what all others have concluded. Go somewhere else and start over. The town and presence of nosy and controlling neighbors that accompany totalitarianism provided the movie with an interesting and realistic background. Whatever the environment, human nature and strong character shine through.
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There is a really compelling story at the heart of "Dam Street." In some hands, the film could have been turned into a melodramatic weepie about sacrifice and mother love. But it's matter-of-fact tone keeps it relatively grounded in reality. While this is a strength, it also serves as somewhat of a weakness keeping the viewer aloof to the central characters. Every time some big dramatic act takes place, the film cuts away to a narration to explain what happens next instead of showcasing the actual aftermath. So the emotional payoff is consistently shortchanged as we never stay close enough to the action.

The film does boasts solid performances. When a sixteen year old student becomes pregnant, a moral code all but ostracizes her from acceptable society. Forced to give the child up, and later told it is dead, she unwittingly befriends a boy ten years later who may have closer connections than she is aware of. The lead character is appropriately conflicted throughout trying to navigate the town politics with her fallen status. It's a film that approaches bleak greatness but pulls away from real emotional devastation in the film technique. About 3 1/2 stars--I wanted the film to stop cutting away from the wreakage. KGHarris, 5/11.
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Tonally, this was very strong. The pacing is apt, even with the odd written summaries of certain moments in lieu of scenes. The characters seem true to life. The performance is not overly emotional, or obscenely gritty. The comedy is subtle and is not clownish or out of place. The emotional intimacy seems real.

The music is fairly minimalistic, but that is neither here nor there.

The style, pacing, and tone will remind the Westerner of the modern indie film/art film.

There are plenty of other reviews to spoil the actual plot for you. It is interesting to see this contemporary depiction of eighties and nineties small town (or any kind of town) China, and a first for me. Most other depictions I've seen have been Western or martial arts/action.
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