11 Flowers


11 Flowers

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One of China's foremost Sixth Generation directors, Wang Xiaoshuai (Beijing Bicycle, Shanghai Dreams) tells a striking, autobiographical coming-of-age tale set in the final days of China's Cultural Revolution. Eleven-year-old Wang Han lives with his family in a remote village in Guizhou province. When Wang is selected to lead his school through their daily gymnastic regiment, his teacher recommends that he wear a clean, new shirt in honor of this important position - a request that forces his family to make a great sacrifice. (c) First Run Features

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Liu Wenqing
as Wang Han
Kaiyan Yan
as Mother
Lou Yihao
as Wei Jun
Mo Shiyi
as Jue Hong
Wang Ziyi
as The Murderer
Qiao Renliang
as Brother of Wei Jun
Yu Yue
as School Teacher
Zhao Shiqi
as Sister of Wang Han
Cao Shiping
as Father of Jue Hong
Cao Gang
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for 11 Flowers

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

  • More sensitive than disaffected, too gentle to resonate more than mildly.

    Feb 22, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The movie lingers in the mind, largely because director Wang Xiaoshuai's theme is poignant and classic: The more a child perceives of what the adults around him are doing, the more childhood slips away.

    Feb 22, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Poised on the brink of sexual awareness and the waning of the Cultural Revolution, an 11-year-old boy struggles to interpret the signals from his changing body and an increasingly confusing world.

    Feb 21, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Wang Xiaoshuai's gently engrossing coming-of-age tale isn't strikingly unique, but it does possess the heartfelt confidence that comes from autobiographical influence - and natural talent.

    Feb 21, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Mildly resonant, if not revelatory.

    Feb 20, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    David Fear

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • An absorbing coming-of-age drama set during the waning stage of China's Cultural Revolution, 11 Flowers takes its place among Wang Xiaoshuai's finest films.

    Feb 19, 2013 | Full Review…

    Justin Chang

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for 11 Flowers

On the way to work in a neighboring town, Wang(Wang Jinchun), an actor, gives his 11-year old son, Han(Liu Wenquing), a ride part of the way on his bicycle to his school where he has just been appointed to lead morning gymnastics and Jue Hong(Mo Shiyi), an older student, has been called to the principal's office. The only thing is that Mrs. Zhao feels Han needs a new shirt which his mother(Yen Ni), now in charge of the household and a factory worker, says they cannot afford, wanting to save the ration coupons and the money for the New Year celebration, even over her son's epic sulking. But once she talks to the teacher and sees him in action, she changes her mind. As endearing as "11 Flowers" can be with an ending that is definitely a punch to the gut, I was wondering when watching this if I was actually watching a movie about a shirt. To be honest, I have seen movies that have succeeded on less but set as this is at the tail end of the Cultural Revolution, it does need more in its rambling narrative, as otherwise it just feels like these momentous events happened to everybody else. So while the most important events happen offscreen, including stranding an intriguing mystery, telling the story exclusively from Han's point of view does work really well in a couple of places where it takes a couple of seconds to ascertain what exactly is happening.

Walter M.
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