Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2005)
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as Little Chinese Seamstress
as Village Head
as Old Tailor
as Old Tailor
as Four Eyes
as Four Eyes
as Four Eyes' mother
as village chief's wife
as commune head
as village chief's pretty daughter
as airport saleswoman
as Madame Luo
as voice of journalist
as Four Eyes' Mother
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Critic Reviews for Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
The ethereal private moments and inspired passages are beautifully shot by Jean-Marie Dreujou, but Dai never quite organizes the material dramatically, and the tone is too often jagged and disruptive.
The film is episodic, and most of the scenes are evocative and charming.
[A] tribute to the transforming power of books.
A nifty little film about the powers of culture and the humanities.
The movie may lose some of its bite when translated from page to screen, but it still delivers a valid message. When one of the boys starts reading good literature, life takes on new meaning.
Audience Reviews for Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Set in 1971 communist China is the tale of two young men sent to live in the mountains to be "re-educated" as peasants in the Chairman Mao method. One is the son of a dentist, the other is a violinist, and both are considered "reactionists" because of their apparent intellectualism. The mountain villagers are painted as savages, with no knowledge of technology or high art (they think the violin is some sort of toy which they pass around and bang on like chimps) and a serious distrust of anything foreign. The two young men are quickly forced into menial labor, hauling buckets of human waste to be used as fertilizer and hauling rocks out of the tiny mine shaft. One day, the community tailor comes to the village, along with his teenage granddaughter, and both boys quickly fall in love with her. She's not like the other peasants, she has a curious mind that doesn't necessarily fall in line with Mao's ideals. She steals the boys' alarm clock and takes it apart to see how the animal on the face worked. She builds models of the airplanes she sees fly overhead. The boys decide to teach her to read, and they find a stash of banned books one of the other re-trainees has smuggled into the village. "Xiao Cai Feng" is fairly subtle in it's demonstration of the evils of ignorance in a totalitarian society, unfortunately the same subtlety isn't applied to the love triangle element of the story. However, it is a beautiful and compelling (well, most of the time it's compelling) movie nonetheless.
A coming-of-age story with breathtaking footage of a remote mountain village in China. It takes place during the Cultural Revolution and is about two friends who both fall in love with the same young beauty. The tale is gripping. It will make you laugh and also empathize with the character's pain.
As per usual in these types of films, it's beautiful but stunningly boring. But then again, so was the book.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Quotes
|Luo:||By the time I could read the revolution had started, and all the books were burned.|
|Village Head:||You bourgeois boys are nothing but liars|
|Village Head:||You bourgeois boys are nothing but liars.|
|Ma:||He taught her one thing: a woman's beauty is a priceless treasure|
|Ma:||He taught her one thing: a woman's beauty is a priceless treasure.|
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