Maineland (2018)

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Filmed over three years in China and the U.S., "Maineland" is a multi-layered coming-of-age tale that follows two teenagers of China's wealthy elite as they settle into a boarding school in blue-collar rural Maine. Part of the enormous wave of "parachute students" enrolling in U.S. private schools, bubbly, fun-loving Stella and introspective Harry come seeking a Western-style education, escape from the dreaded Chinese college entrance exam, and the promise of a Hollywood-style U.S. high school experience. But as their fuzzy visions of the American dream slowly gain more clarity, worlds collide as their relationship to home and country takes on a surprisingly poignant new aspect.

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A sweetly observed if not especially incisive documentary.

Jun 7, 2018 | Full Review…

A documentary that offers some fascinating if glancing insights into a rich and timely subject but ends up being more frustrating than enlightening.

Mar 16, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

What's memorable here is the students' talk of their families' economic anxieties, of their hopes to make enough money while young that their own children will feel financially secure, of the ways that American and Chinese life diverge.

Mar 14, 2018 | Full Review…

I'll keep my fingers crossed for a sequel.

Mar 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Wang's verite approach attempts to strike a tone somewhere between revealing and contemplative, but her principal subjects are too young and inexperienced with the world to have much of import to say.

Mar 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Maineland is, however, very much worth seeing because it does give us a portrait of two teens who share more with their American counterparts than they or we imagine.

Jun 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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