Spring in a Small Town Reviews

February 18, 2015
The film's emotional complexity lends it a weight that has sustained its influence over the decades.
January 14, 2015
For its concentration of haunting emotion and sheer subtlety of texture, Spring in a Small Town is a masterpiece.
June 23, 2014
The unadorned, pre-institutional storytelling makes for a far more compelling viewing than Tian Zhuangzhuang's 2002 glossy remake.
June 20, 2014
Full of subtle erotic tension, the 1948 drama focuses close up on Yuwen (Wei Wei), a frustrated, exquisitely beautiful housewife whose husband Liyan (Shi Yu) is invalided by tuberculosis and the traumatic effects of the Sino-Japanese war.
June 20, 2014
There is an eerie, ghostly quality to Fei Wu's classic 1948 melodrama.
June 19, 2014
It is a powerful, yet exquisitely subtle emotional drama, something to be compared with Ophls, or Mizoguchi, or with a Hollywood studio picture by Douglas Sirk or an early David Lean.
June 19, 2014
Mu ... creates extra hits of pure emotion through silky camera movements and the melancholy manner in which he frames his conflicted characters against the unforgiving landscape.
June 16, 2014
One of the finest Chinese movies ever made, lauded for its utmost delicacy and subtlety.
January 29, 2014
Spring in a Small Town uses this schematic to build a tight, emotionally tense triangular drama that questions fidelity, suppressed emotions and the balance of love and responsibility.
January 29, 2014
Spring in a Small Town, one of the masterpieces of Chinese cinema, is an intimate drama of gestures and silences.
January 29, 2014
Spring is revelatory in a number of ways -- not least in demonstrating how Tian exquisitely refracted a stark contemporary drama through the prism of a double nostalgia.
Top Critic
January 29, 2014
The crowning achievement of one of China's finest directors, this unique film both reflects and dissects the mood of helpless impotence which afflicted many Chinese in the years after the war.
November 23, 2008
One of the most delicate, subtly moving stories of domestic suffering that has ever been put to film.