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Sunday 25th January 5:30 PM

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress 
(Balzac et la petite tailleuse chinoise)

Director: Sijie Dai Country: China/France
Cert: 12A Year: 2002 Length: 110 mins Language: Mandarin/French

Audience Reaction

Score: 82.57% Attendance: 131


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It is 1971. China is in the grip of the Cultural Revolution and two youths find themselves exiled to a remote village for re-education as Maoist peasants. The two boys fall in love with the granddaughter of the local tailor and bring to her attention forbidden foreign books. With her mind opened to the wider wonders of the world, she longs to see what lies beyond her village. Dai Sijie bases the story on his semi-autobiographical novel. Time seems to have softened the harshness of the conditions but the film is never over-sentimental.


open_quote Funny, touching, and beguiling. close_quote Philip French, The Observer

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