Magazine article New Internationalist

[The Road Home]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[The Road Home]

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directed by Zhang Yimou

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The films of Zhang Yimou - of Raise the Red Lantern fame - tend to win international awards. And it's easy to see why his latest offering - The Road Home - has picked up the Silver Bear at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival. Zhang made it, he says, as a reaction to the 'really vulgar commercial films' that are a dominant tendency in Chinese cinema today.

Set in a remote village in North China, The Road Home deals with the most universal and modest of things: a love story, simply told. A primary school teacher arrives in the village and partakes in the building of a school. A village girl falls in love with him. The film is the story of that courtship, told in flashback.

There are many exquisite moments. Her radiant face as he offers her a hair clip. The anguish as she runs across the hills, with a jar of dumplings, to try and intercept the wagon transporting him back to the city. …

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