Sunflower (Xiang ri kui) (2007)
Average Rating: 6.1/10
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Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 4
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Average Rating: 5.6/10
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"Sunflower" is a powerful and touching look at the compelling inner dynamics of one post-Cultural Revolution family in Beijing and their struggle over 30 years to adjust to each other as the fabric, politics, and social mores of Chinese society change ever so rapidly. It spans the course of three decades--focusing on the years 1976, 1987 and 1999--in the lives of Zhang Gengnian and his son, Xiangyang.
Aug 17, 2007 Limited
Jun 10, 2008
Seville Pictures/New Yorker Films
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The film's father-son friction grows occasionally repetitious, but it springs from a sensitive, well-written melodrama that earns its emotions with tender sincerity.
Sunflower succeeds as both a moving family drama and a microcosm of China's social history since the 1970s.
Although filled with a plethora of dramatic events, including earthquakes and floods, the film never achieves real dramatic momentum, due in large part to its needlessly sluggish pacing.
Like Douglas Sirk without the throw pillows, Sunflower is a shamelessly old-fashioned melodrama performed with such sincerity that resistance is futile.
Paging John O'Hara. One would have to reach back to those melodramatic family potboilers of the '50s to find such an unfettered blast of guilt-tripping and misdirected love.
Sunflower plays less like the epic it aspires to be than an episode of Full House: Beijing.
An odd combination of sociopolitical metaphor and conventional melodrama, Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yang's Sunflower has moments of keen insight and power touching on the ways in which human character and personality are shaped by historical experience.
There is so much going on in Sunflower that you may want to see it more than once.
Whatever the movie lacks in sociopolitical insight, it makes up for with moving storytelling.
A fascinating portrait of 30 years in a turbulent relationship between a domineering Chinese father and his stubborn son.
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