Snow Flower And The Secret Fan (2011)
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Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 32
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In 19th-century China, seven year old girls Snow Flower and Lily are matched as laotong - or "old sames" - bound together for eternity. Isolated by their families, they furtively communicate by taking turns writing in a secret language, nu shu, between the folds of a white silk fan. In a parallel story in present day Shanghai, the laotong's descendants, Nina and Sophia, struggle to maintain the intimacy of their own childhood friendship in the face of demanding careers, complicated love lives,
Jul 15, 2011 Limited
Nov 1, 2011
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An ever-so-tasteful, watered-down and unnecessarily-improved-upon adaptation of Lisa See's bestselling 2005 novel of the same name.
The drastic alterations to Lisa See's compelling novel about the lifelong friendship between two women in 19th century China are unsettling, at least for fans of the original bestseller, and they detract a bit too much from the story See so artfully told.
In this lavish adaptation of Lisa See's novel, the complex chronologies of the parallel narratives are skillfully handled by director Wayne Wang, which makes his reliance on unbridled sentimentality all the more irritating.
"Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" aims for the heartstrings and only strikes a few notes.
The film is visually sumptuous but emotionally inert. It never draws in the viewer.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a delicate, if sometimes disturbing, portrait of the enduring relationships that bond women together, out in theaters now.
It's a well shot film with beautiful cinematography, though it does feel a bit too constrained at times. But as beautiful as it was, the story and characters failed to grab me
Were it not for the slow pacing and the obviousness of message, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan would have been successful.
Although it looks fantastic, it barely registers on an emotional level because it feels so dull and manipulative.
A from Hugh Jackman as a Mandarin-singing nightclub owner is about the only thing that livens up this generation-spanning tale of female friendship.
Here is a very self-conscious attempt to bridge the US-China divide through the medium of glossy, handsomely mounted cinema.
This rich weave of eras looks pretty, but plays to an exoticised vision of old-world China, even as it demystifies the excruciating custom of foot-binding.
Visual flourishes aren't enough to detract from a confused plot and mawkishly sentimental overtones.
Not even the second best Hugh Jackman cameo of the year can save it from being little more than a period curio.
Unfortunately that truth isn't illuminated with any originality: tearful confessions and pensive gazing out windows are commonplace.
A quality arthouse film, beautifully photographed and very well acted.
Despite strong performances and a rich premise, this is let down by its own self-importance and sentimentality.
With weeping violins, wailing cellos and melancholy piano wall to wall, this sentimental story of sisterly love found, lost and found again is beautifully made. The big but is the needlessly complicated storytelling
An intricate and beautiful film about friendship and its implications
Audience Reviews for Snow Flower And The Secret Fan
- Nina/Lily: I'd like to spend more time with my laotong tonight.
- Snow Flower/Sophia: I'm writing a book. It's about the old days.
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