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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: A Tailor Made Romance
Variant Title:Balzac et la petite tailleuse chinoise; Xiao cai feng
Content:Feature Film
Available From:Facets Video
First Run Features
Media Type:DVD
Release Date:2002
Audience:Higher Education
Running Time:111 min.
Physical Description:1 videodisc (111 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

Language:Mandarin with English Subtitles
Author:Dai Si Jie
Subject:Anthropology and Sociology
Subheading:Cultural Revolution
Rural Conditions
Social Conditions
Social Relations
Region:East Asia


This 2003 Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film is based on the experience of director and novelist Dai Si Jie, who spent four years in a re-education program instigated during Mao Zedong's "Cultural Revolution." Two teenage boys, Ma (Ye Liu) and Luo (Kun Chen), are sent to live on the remote mountain known as Phoenix in the Sky. The boys steal the "subversive" novels of Honore de Balzac, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, and Gogol, and read them to the granddaughter of the local tailor (Xun Zhou). While reading, both boys fall in love with the girl, and, through Balzac, discover awakening desire, passion, impulsive action, love--all the subjects that had, until then, been hidden.

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