December 01, 2012

11 Flowers (2011)

11 flowers (2011)
Directed by: Wang Xiaoshuai
Country: China / France

Review: Wang Xiaoshuai is associated with the sixth generation of Chinese filmmakers, also working as actor, screenwriter and producer. “Beijing Bycicle”(2001), his better-known work, was an international success and “11 Flowers” has everything to follow the same steps. The story consists of childhood recollections of Wang Han during the years of Cultural Revolution in China. Beautiful details are shown under the communist party’s revolutionary songs, denoting significant aptitude for image composition. The recreation of childhood is attractively accurate (the children’s activities or the struggle of Wang Han to have a new shirt for school), without leaving aside the political criticism and social considerations of those years. This is a powerful and sensitive film.

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