Dongdong de jiaqi (A Summer at Grandpa's) (1984)





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When their mother is forced to stay in the hospital for a prolonged period of time, 4 year-old Ting-Ting and her brother, 11 year-old Tung-Tung are taken by their uncle to spend the summer with their grandfather, who is a doctor in a small, rural town.
Art House & International , Drama
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Critic Reviews for Dongdong de jiaqi (A Summer at Grandpa's)

All Critics (4)

The graceful and thorny opening up of a child's world

Full Review… | September 25, 2009

Hou's film places demands on our powers of observation, insisting that we, like Tung-tung, attend to the minutiae, ironies, and deeper meanings it offers us.

Full Review… | August 8, 2009
Reverse Shot

These obvious elements of melodrama never reach any kind of hysterical pitch, however. Hou keeps everything wrapped up in a tone of warmth and childlike optimism.

Full Review… | July 31, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

Hou's relative invisibility serves the story, allowing the mood, pretty scenery, and accomplished naturalistic performances to take center stage.

Full Review… | November 22, 2002

Audience Reviews for Dongdong de jiaqi (A Summer at Grandpa's)

(****): [img][/img] Yet another great film from Hsiao-Hsien Hou.


[center][font=Times New Roman][size=4][color=black][img][/img][/color][/size][/font][/center] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][color=black][/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][color=white]Summary: With their mother in the hospital, a pre-teen boy and his little sister go to spend the summer at their grandpa's. The boy spends his time with new friends while the girl becomes acquainted with a mentally disabled woman in the village. The children's uncle also has problems staying on grandpa's good side.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][color=#000000][/color][/size][/font] [center][img][/img][/center] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][color=#000000][/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][color=white]Yeah, I think I like Hou's older stuff a little better than his new stuff. A Summer at Grandpa's is just one of those movies that I like mostly because of its atmosphere - mostly the first half. It really reminded me of the times when I visited my grandpa's here in the midwest of the USA. Talk about creating art that transcends culture! Anyway, the film becomes a little weaker when sub-plot after sub-plot start appearing, but oddly enough, it never become overwhelming. Also, the cinematography isn't as strong, but that may be because Hou wasn't yet working with Pin Bing Lee. Luckily, there's a lot of unforced tenderness here, very much like in Dust in the Wind. It's quite the quality coming-of-age-ish film.[/color][/size][/font]

Chris Weseloh
Chris Weseloh

I've been getting a bit tired of coming-of-age films, and not especially thrilled with Hou to begin with, but I liked this anyway. It's more accessible than A Time to Live, and I don't mean "accessible" in a snobby way. I mean it didn't put me to sleep. if you want to go looking for metaphors, you can find plenty, but I think it's meant to be exactly what it is: a simple, honest, genuine snapshot of childhood, and family life through the eyes of children. Quite nice.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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