Spring in a Small Town Reviews

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 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.
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.