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This thematic 'lesson' is served up with non-didactic grace complemented by tiny bursts of humour.
With Not One Less, Zhang Yimou has fashioned what feels like an uncannily accurate portrait of a culture where Communist ideology has vanished like a brief dream, as traditional community values clash with the burgeoning cult of money.
Small movie, big impact.
Despite its deliberate austerity, Not One Less is extraordinarily rich.
The Chinese director Zhang Yimou has a rare gift for dramatizing highly theatrical stories in highly naturalistic settings.
It's an excellent movie for kids, because it is about how amazing children can be.
The relentlessly small scale of Not One Less is essential to its power.
That these non-actors are able to so convincingly bring this highly emotional fictional story to life is the true mark of a master filmmaker at work.
no one makes more beautiful films than Zhang Yimou. No one captures the intrinsic character of the Chinese people more indelibly as well
A poignant story of poverty and spirit reminiscent of the great Italian neo-realists.
Not One Less touches the heart in so many subtle ways.
As charming as it is important, Not One Less has all the elements of a great drama: inspiring performances, the ability to make one laugh and cry and a subject matter worthy of further contemplation.
Lovely film about a teacher's mission to ensure that children are still educated when he is challenged with a personal responsibility for a month.
Do you have a heart that beats inside your body? If you do, then you will like this film. It starts out a little slow, but gets better in the middle and ends with a powerful climax. Yimou Zhang direction is perfect. He just simply tells the story, and it looks great. There is no ego, or fancy editing. The kids in this film are about the cutest things I've ever seen, and are very true to life. In fact, all of this film is very true to life......and like life, it can be beautiful and sad at the same time.
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