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34 Ratings


芳华 | Fang Hua

Directed by Feng Xiaogang
China, 2017


Set in the 1970s, with the Cultural Revolution in full swing, performing art troupe members each face their own trials and tribulations. From escaping a family scandal to dealing with unrequited love, each experiences rejection that shapes their lives.

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Youth Directed by Feng Xiaogang
Like Steven Spielberg, Feng balances humanism and period spectacle in a seductive manner, immersing viewers in the historical setting while forging strong emotional bonds with the principal characters.
January 03, 2018
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The film’s best energy comes from the thrilling staging of ballet rehearsals, the camera nostalgically ogling young women with rifles and short shorts prancing with military rigidity, the group fervor effortlessly contagious.
September 10, 2017
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The film serves as a paean to idealism and endurance, yet the word “heart-breaking” comes to mind scene after scene.
September 09, 2017
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