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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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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not sure what to say about this movie. I really love Chinese movies as they are made differently than Western movies. Read morePublished 15 months ago by David L Gossage
For those of you who refuse to watch non-English-language films (with subscripts), you are missing out on genuine entertainment and film art. Read morePublished 21 months ago by PatriotVet76