Magazine article New Internationalist

[Not One Less]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Not One Less]

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The films of Zhang Yimou, the most celebrated of China's New Wave directors, are about power relations. Most, like Judou and Raise the Red Lantern, are about the historical power of men over women. Visually rich, sensual and erotic, they hinge on the struggle of women for love and happiness, and to make their own choices. They made a star of Gong Li.

Not One Less is a departure. The style is documentary, naturalistic. Non-professional actors, many of them children, play themselves or roles familiar to them in their day-to-day lives. The unlikely heroine, Wei Minzhi, is a maladroit, self-conscious, poorly-educated 13-year-old substitute teacher, ultimately redeemed by her tenacity and capacity to love.

She is an appallingly bad teacher. Her sole motivation is the pitifully low wage and the promised bonus if she can keep all 28 children registered at the village school for the month that she's there. …

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