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Mulberry Child (2012)

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Seeking a better life for herself and her daughter, Lisa, Jian Ping left China in 1986 to pursue graduate studies in the U.S. She left behind her parents, former senior government officials, but not the memory of their shattered lives. Jian's daughter, Lisa, joined her in Queens, New York when the girl was four-and-a-half. They moved to Chicago, where Jian joined corporate America, eventually becoming the national director of Tsingtao Beer. Lisa's childhood was the reverse of her mother's,

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Moving between a present-day mother-daughter clash of values and a personal history of life under Mao's regime, her docudrama is an awkward mix.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The film's subject matter is epochal, its delivery less so.

September 6, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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[Its] poignancy is lessened by its awkward formal devices.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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There's a universal story here about immigrant parents and children, and how American culture can swamp family traditions, and make parents and children culturally unrecognizable to one another.

January 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Sporadically intriguing and poignant, yet meandering and incomplete. It caters more to the heart than to the mind.

September 9, 2012 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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This documentary about a Chinese mother-daughter relationship veers uncertainly from family drama to an overall survey of Communism's rise and devastating human effect.

September 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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