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[Director Sue] Williams should have used subtitles, rather than Western voices, to translate the words of her talking heads. Still, her film is a timely look at the massive changes overtaking China.
Almost everything experienced by the nine, who appear to be in their 20s and 30s, is garden-variety living and learning.
Young & Restless In China is the first of a planned five-part series that will follow nine diverse Chinese citizens over the course of 20 years.
At its best, Young & Restless in China plays like a prosaic complement to the films of Jia Zhangke.
Williams's multi-thread portrait is fascinating only as a scattershot, time-capsule sampling of those whose lives were defined by the Tiananmen Square protests.
Somewhat schematic in its dual professional/personal focus, pic successfully demonstrates the stages of social development through the private dramas of its individual subjects.
We see a lot of ambition and cell phone connectivity, but little style or drama to set this apart as a superior documentary
Examines how the generation of Chinese recently come of age has adjusted to the country's embrace of capitalism and the ensuing rush to rapid modernization.
Nuanced and emotionally bittersweet%u2014not nearly as propagandistic (in either direction) as some might expect.
A real-life soap opera you can feel sophisticated for watching -- after all, it's really about globalization, even if broken hearts and family dysfunction occupy center stage.
Eye-opening study of how China's turbo-charged capitalism leaves something to be desired, especially for the young.
Williams succumbs to one of the most odious habits of the documentary filmmaker by having Western voices translate the words of her talking heads.
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