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The 7 year old Kid, his brother Billy and there mother living on a farm. The mother of the children's is always sad. One day something painful happened for the poor family and the kids have to make a future by themselves.
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The Chinese title translates literally as "Me, 11" which could be translated as "I Am 11" or "Me at 11". The French and English titles could be interpreted as "Flowering at age 11", a reference to its being a coming-of-age story. See more »
Impressive film about the Cultural Revolution in China and its aftermath
I saw this film as part of the Rotterdam Film Festival 2012. I never imagined that a story as experienced by an 11 year old, could be so compelling. We've read a lot about the Cultural Revolution in China, half a century ago, where "intellectuals" (in the broadest sense of the word) were treated badly, or worse. This film lasted nearly 2 hours, but this time was well spent. I saw only very few slow moments, where I felt the need to move on. But the large majority has the necessary drive and keeps our attention.
Family life, incomplete families, rationing, etcetera is shown very nearby. The harsh regime has a higher purpose in mind, and does not care much about individuals. The latter word was even not allowed to exist; at that time it was almost the worst you could say about someone to be an individualist. I gave the maximum score for the audience award when leaving the theater.
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