Under the Hawthorn Tree (Shan zha shu zhi lian) (2010)

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A teenage girl sent to the country for reeducation during China's Cultural Revolution in the 1970s begins a romance with a young man working on a geological survey, but their relationship could get them both in trouble.

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Critic Reviews for Under the Hawthorn Tree (Shan zha shu zhi lian)

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

[Zhang Yimou] delivers between flashy epics, this tender, understated romancer touches the heart with a disarming, almost stealthy sweetness.

Apr 4, 2011

Zhang skillfully tells an emotionally compelling love story that focuses on the deep injustices of the Cultural Revolution era. It's probably his most emotionally resonant film since To Live.

Mar 22, 2016

While it's a minor work from Zhang I still enjoyed it.

Aug 13, 2011 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Under the Hawthorn Tree (Shan zha shu zhi lian)

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A beautiful and heartbreaking film that features an exquisite cinematography and is tremendously sensitive without being sentimental - mainly because its two leads have a fantastic chemistry together and make us deeply care about their characters and want to see their happiness.

Carlos Magalhães
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