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A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2007)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 10 April 2008 (Germany)
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The book is a collection of stories about life in modern China and the United States.

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A Chinese man travels to America to visit his estranged daughter after her recent divorce. Though his trip starts off as a mission to see his daughter remarry, he sparks to an Iranian woman who, despite their language barrier, captures his heart. Written by Anonymous

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$10,321 (USA) (19 September 2008)

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Mr. Shi: [tries to explain] Communist no bad.
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Mr. Shi: Communist in bad hand.
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Stark but touching: the epitome of a small film done well
19 June 2009 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

1000 years is a small film built on a simple premise: a Chinese father visits his daughter. He is nearing the end of life and the film is at all times reflective and quiet. His daughter is recovering from a bad divorce and they have never felt close. He arrives in America feeling alienated and the film centers around themes of reaching out and alienation. He makes friends in the park with an Farsi woman - they don't share language, but they share communication.

Of course, the journey they all take is in their conversations and silences is the film.

If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea then you won't enjoy this: however if you can let this wash over you it is surprisingly involving and beautifully rendered.

It is film for the mature, the small gestures and meanings of the words in different languages hold meanings within meaning but there is something implicitly human on display here.

Shot in natural tones with a washed out feel to it the cinematography lends much.

One to be savored and strongly reminiscent of Swedish cinema this is real film in one sense, but it fails in being too staged in places.

All in all a small film that will appeal to those who enjoy reality in film.


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