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11 Flowers Reviews

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October 4, 2013
a very engaging film - the world was foolproof and so fascinating to watch! and it was wonderful to see the similarities and differences between their world and my own. the script was well-written and the film felt very real. every action, every character, every event was well-earned. there were some moments that i found confusing, but i think it may have been because of the language barrier and a few subtitles i missed. i think it'll make more sense upon multiple viewings. overall it was a simple story that was well-explored and well done.
½ July 8, 2013
Set during the Cultural Revolution but remained almost silent about it.
Super Reviewer
February 24, 2013
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.
½ February 12, 2013
A boy wants a new T-shirt , gets a new T-shirt , lost his new T-shirt was the first hour , a dead body ...then i did fall a sleep
½ November 11, 2012
Set against the backdrop of the Cultural Revolution in China.. the plot brings out the socio-economic picture of the time through the eyes of a young boy...
A well spent 2 hours at the Kolkata Film Festival 2012...
½ April 9, 2012
1975, la revolution culturelle chinoise vue a travers les yeux de 4 garcons de 11 ans. Interessant dans sa presentation de ce que pouvait etre la ruralite a cette epoque mais pas mal de longueurs.
½ March 24, 2012
When asked about what the target audience is, the director said it's for the post-50ers to the post-90ers because Cultural Revolution belongs to all generations. I'd say it's for the director himself.
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