Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl (1999)

Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl

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Movie Info

Teenager Xiu Xiu leaves her Chengdu family for a distant area of Tibet to learn horse herding. She falls into a platonic relationship with Tibetan horseman Lao, all the while trying to find some way of returning home to her family.

Rating: R (for strong sexual content)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Yan Geling, Joan Chen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 26, 1999
Runtime:
Stratosphere Entertainment

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Cast


as Xiu Xiu

as Lao Jin

as Li Chaunbei

as Mother

as Headquarters Chief

as Peddler

as Motorcycle Man

as Three Toes

as Three Toes

as Narrator

as Honey Dealer

as Father

as Chen Li

as Peddler

as Headquarters Chief

as Motorcycle Man

as Three Toes

as Rider A

as Hooligan

as Accountant Cao

as Jeep Driver

as Yak Herder A

as Yak Herder B

as Honey Seller

as Tractor Man

as Belt Man

as Janitor

as Nurse A

as Nurse B

as Patient A

as Patient B

as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (12)

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
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San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review… | May 7, 1999
Entertainment Weekly
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An astonishing directorial debut.

Full Review… | April 4, 2003
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl

½

A politically charged and highly metaphorical/symbolic piece of work. Placed slightly above the subtext is a simple yet charming story of a girl living in isolation with an older man. If she is ever to see the city again Xiu Xiu is convinced she must perform sexual favours on the wealthy elite. It's a very tragic story and one where even the protagonist begins to lose sight of her goals. Lopsang gives a wonderful and genuine performance. Towards the end the film starts to become repetitive and too preachy. Some wonderful photography makes this a must see just to absorb the epic environments.

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Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

fantastically depressing & inspired the name of my favorite band xiu xiu. nothing is solved, nothing is different it's merely an expression of pain, just like the band .

This is perhaps the most despressing movie in the history of depressing movies. Perhaps the most depressing story in the history of depressing stories. The film itself is interesting. A close look into rural life in 1970s china. Unfortunately, life does not turn out well for the sent down girl, nor for her custodian. Not for the feint of heart at all.

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Nathan Hill

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