Snow Flower And The Secret Fan Reviews
The film was choppy, vague, and confusing. Attempting to weave another, modern, story-line in with the original story took away time that could have been used for character and story development. You don't get to know the two main characters or the close nature of their relationship, which is the entire theme of the film. You don't get an idea of what life in 19th century China might have looked like. It left me disappointed and had I not read the book, I don't think I would have understood what the film was about at all.
It was beautifully shot with great cinematography. Heart-wrenching tale complemented by good acting and fitting soundtrack. Very tragic but with a happy ending.
This is the story of Nina and Sophia, two friends who try very hard to remain as close as sisters throughout life's ups and downs. It is also the story of Snow Flower and Lily, characters in an historical novel written by Sophia. Snow Flower and Lily joined together as "laotong", a sort of spiritual sister commitment, yet their bonds will be tested during the hardships they individually suffer. Sophia's story, told in a series of cut-scenes, is an undeniable parallel of her relationship with Nina. As Nina reads more and more of the story, she realizes how important the bond of a true female friend really is.
A lovely tale about womens' relationships. There is an unexpected Hugh Jackman appearance as well! Definitely worth a watch in my opinion.
The well-produced "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" has certain things also going for it in its rare thoughtful exploration of the friendship between two women, coupled with how China has a problematic relationship with its past, with a focus on the barbaric practice of foot binding which here is sort of fetishized. That having been said, the movie would have been much improved concentrating on just one time period, not three, instead making this feel like mainly just the highlights of a pretty good television series, complete with special guest star.