Spring in a Small Town Reviews

  • Dec 17, 2018

    Spring in a Small Town is a fine movie with a cast of about five characters set in a dilapidated house and its immediate surroundings. The story is deceptively simple. Wei Wei says at the beginning nothing ever changes in the small town. However, after a former love interest and family friend, who is clearly better for her than her sickly husband, makes a prolonged visit and leaves, on the surface everything seems to be the same as when the movie started, but we're left asking how can things ever be the same again? This movie NEEDS a Criterion restoration.

    Spring in a Small Town is a fine movie with a cast of about five characters set in a dilapidated house and its immediate surroundings. The story is deceptively simple. Wei Wei says at the beginning nothing ever changes in the small town. However, after a former love interest and family friend, who is clearly better for her than her sickly husband, makes a prolonged visit and leaves, on the surface everything seems to be the same as when the movie started, but we're left asking how can things ever be the same again? This movie NEEDS a Criterion restoration.

  • Dec 18, 2016

    This Chinese cinema classic is both subtle and emotionally satisfying.

    This Chinese cinema classic is both subtle and emotionally satisfying.

  • Oct 10, 2015

    my review: http://wp.me/p1eXom-22B

    my review: http://wp.me/p1eXom-22B

  • Feb 05, 2015

    Spring in a Small Town is a poetic look at a classic theme, part haunting, part contemplative, and all around beautiful.

    Spring in a Small Town is a poetic look at a classic theme, part haunting, part contemplative, and all around beautiful.

  • Mar 09, 2014

    This is a classic from Chinese cinema. A dutiful wife married to a sickly man gets a visit from her husband's childhood best friend....who also happens to be her high school sweetheart and true love. What could have been a sappy, standard-issue sentimental weepie flick is of course given an artistic and emotional treatment. The third act in particular is spectacular. It takes a while to get there but once it does, it hits hard. This is "In the Mood for Love" before "In the Mood for Love".

    This is a classic from Chinese cinema. A dutiful wife married to a sickly man gets a visit from her husband's childhood best friend....who also happens to be her high school sweetheart and true love. What could have been a sappy, standard-issue sentimental weepie flick is of course given an artistic and emotional treatment. The third act in particular is spectacular. It takes a while to get there but once it does, it hits hard. This is "In the Mood for Love" before "In the Mood for Love".

  • Feb 03, 2014

    A beautiful poetic Chinese Drama that is considered by many as China's Finest Film. A simple story of three people intertwined 1) a crippled middle aged man 2) a serving distressed wife 3) a charismatic doctor who knows then both. A stunning film set just after WWII in the brief time of spring, this film says so much with out words & the backdrop of rural China will leave you speechless...an extraordinary film.

    A beautiful poetic Chinese Drama that is considered by many as China's Finest Film. A simple story of three people intertwined 1) a crippled middle aged man 2) a serving distressed wife 3) a charismatic doctor who knows then both. A stunning film set just after WWII in the brief time of spring, this film says so much with out words & the backdrop of rural China will leave you speechless...an extraordinary film.

  • Jan 10, 2013

    The Chinese Casablanca. But better.

    The Chinese Casablanca. But better.

  • Sep 27, 2012

    This film does a wonderful job portraying complex humanity and offers a glimpse into post-WW2 pre-communist China that is all but lost to history.

    This film does a wonderful job portraying complex humanity and offers a glimpse into post-WW2 pre-communist China that is all but lost to history.

  • Aug 31, 2012

    The power is not in the understated romance or the compelling drama (although they are both magnificent), but more in the calm and poetic language of the film. Scenes flow together naturally, linked by an extremely likable narrator, and the filmmaker seems dedicated to capturing the tenderness between characters. The movie is not like other highly sympathetic films; it doesn't grab you by the throat, but rather allows you to ease yourself into the lives of this strange little family, and you do so with ease and pleasure. On a side note: it is clear that the actual physical film has not been well cared for, and there are some very obvious spots of damage and mistreatment, but this is easy enough to ignore.

    The power is not in the understated romance or the compelling drama (although they are both magnificent), but more in the calm and poetic language of the film. Scenes flow together naturally, linked by an extremely likable narrator, and the filmmaker seems dedicated to capturing the tenderness between characters. The movie is not like other highly sympathetic films; it doesn't grab you by the throat, but rather allows you to ease yourself into the lives of this strange little family, and you do so with ease and pleasure. On a side note: it is clear that the actual physical film has not been well cared for, and there are some very obvious spots of damage and mistreatment, but this is easy enough to ignore.

  • Jul 23, 2011

    The dreamy mood of stasis broken by a lost love's return makes the first half hour of this film something quite wonderful. The rest of the film follows through with the consequences, but it becomes too stifling and a little repetitive.

    The dreamy mood of stasis broken by a lost love's return makes the first half hour of this film something quite wonderful. The rest of the film follows through with the consequences, but it becomes too stifling and a little repetitive.