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.

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

Sep 25, 2009 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 8, 2009 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 31, 2008 | Full Review…

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

Nov 22, 2002 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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