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For the Children (2003)
"Meili de dajiao" (original title)

 -  2 May 2003 (USA)
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In response to the death of her husband and young son, peasant Zhang Meili founds a school in the dry desert landscape of northwest China. When cultured and chipper Xia Yu arrives from ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Ping Ni
Quan Yuan
Haiying Sun ...
Wang, Shu
Yajun Xu ...
Liu, Zhipeng
Zhijun Ge ...
Zhao, Mianfen
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In response to the death of her husband and young son, peasant Zhang Meili founds a school in the dry desert landscape of northwest China. When cultured and chipper Xia Yu arrives from Beijing to help her out, the two women bond and learn from each other¡¯s character how to best serve the children. Various subplots include the arrival of Xia¡¯s husband, who tries in vain to persuade her to return to the city, Xia¡¯s quick abortion, and the comically clandestine relationship between Zhang and a local projectionist. Written by Anonymous

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Giving up comfort to teach the poor children
12 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Great movie. It changed my fiancée's life, gave her a goal in life that we will fulfill together: to move to an impoverished village and teach, hopefully helping reinforce the importance of education.

Teacher Xia comes from Beijing to help teach kids in an impoverished village. She is befriended by a local (Teacher Zhang) who had endeavored to teach the children earlier, but had run up against the limits of her own lack of education. There is a good amount of "City Mouse - Country Mouse" culture shock as Teacher Xia gets accustomed to life in a literally dry county. This movie shows the nobility and strength of human spirit when people are faced with nearly nothing. It celebrates the sacrifice of those who give of themselves to help, and reminds us that we all get more when we willingly give up material comfort for the benefit of someone else.

If you are a Chinese language student, the speech is pretty easy to understand, not much problem with the accent.


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