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Critic Reviews for Xizao
While the film is unabashedly sentimental, Zhang doesn't feel the need to bash the audience over the head with melodramatic tactics.
Pleasant family drama, as fresh and clean as its title implies.
a sweet little drama, warm and homey, like a fireplace or a hot bath.
a charming film that gains weight through skillful character development...maintains a sense of humor laced with fondness for its characters
Its manipulative and sugary story is set in modern Beijing.
Audience Reviews for Xizao
A public bath becomes a venue for exploration of family and friendships. Very sentimental but done in a nice subtle manner. Worth taking a look.
Well, there ya go! Yet another movie that I had to force myself to watch, because I wasn't sure that I was even interested...AND I LOVED IT! What a fantastic, charming, sweet, funny movie! Like many foreign films, this one offers a unique look at life. Don't let the name, and cover photo, fool you. There is so much more to this movie than men taking showers/baths together. lol....
Drama about a Chinese son's return to his fathers bathhouse where the old ways, though threatened by development, still hold sway. (the old ways presumably including son leaving job & wife behind without explanation or consequences). Sweet enough to keep me watching, but not edgy enough to make me love it.
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