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Director:
Writers:
Xiaoshuai Wang (screenplay)
Lao Ni (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 May 2012 (France) See more »
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Awards:
6 nominations See more »
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Rape, murder, betrayal and the cultural revolution See more (2 total) »

Cast

 
Gang Cao ... Police
Shiping Cao ... Vieux Xie

Wenqing Liu ... Wang Han (as Liu Wenqing)
Yihao Lou ... Wei Jun (as Lou Yihao)
Shiyi Mo ... Jue Hong
Renliang Qiao ... Prere de Wei Jun
Jingchun Wang ... Papa
Ziyi Wang ... Assassin
Ni Yan ... Mama
Yue Yu ... Institutrice
Kexuan Zhang ... La Teigne (as Kexuan Zhang)
Shiqi Zhao ... Petite Soeur
Guo Liuxing Zhong ... La Souris (as Zhong Guoliuxing)

Directed by
Xiaoshuai Wang 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ni Lao 
Lao Ni  screenplay
Xiaoshuai Wang  screenplay

Produced by
Laurent Baudens .... producer
Didar Domehri .... producer
Isabelle Glachant .... producer
Dong Lu .... producer
Gaël Nouaille .... producer
Xiaoshuai Wang .... producer
 
Original Music by
Marc Perrone 
 
Cinematography by
Jingsong Dong 
 
Film Editing by
Nelly Quettier 
 
Makeup Department
Xingyi Zhang .... makeup artist
 
Sound Department
Kang Fu .... sound
Jean-Paul Hurier .... sound re-recording mixer
Benjamin Viau .... foley recordist
 
Editorial Department
Gilles Granier .... digital intermediate colorist
 
Music Department
Martin Caraux .... music supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Wo 11" - China (original title)
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Runtime:
110 min
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Trivia:
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 »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Rape, murder, betrayal and the cultural revolution, 18 August 2012
Author: Ruben Mooijman from Ghent, Belgium

It is not untrue to say this film is about rape, murder and betrayal. But this could lead to the wrong conclusion. Eleven flowers is a very subdued, subtle movie in which no violence is shown at all. As in many Chinese films, not much is shown, but a great deal is implied.

The story is about 11-year old Wang Han, who accidentally encounters a murderer who has taken revenge for the rape of his 16-year old sister, a girl the boy secretly fancies. The murder is the talk of the town in the rural community, and leads to some unexpected developments.

But the murder story is only a vehicle for the director. He uses it to tell two other stories: the friendship between Wang Han and his school buddies, and the impact of the cultural revolution on the daily life of the ordinary Chinese in 1975.

The cultural revolution, a euphemism for the ruthless oppression by Mao Zedong, is the backdrop for the story. Already in one of the first scenes it becomes clear what the director wants to tell us. 'Why don't you work in the factory, like mother', the boy asks his father who leaves for work on Monday, only to return on Friday. 'Because we are not allowed to choose our own occupation', he tells his son. 'That's why I want you to become a painter. That way, you can really be free'.

One of the most dramatic scenes is the boy witnessing his father coming home, bleeding from his head. Against his will, the father got involved in a fight between the Red Guards en the conservatives, because he wanted to help an old man whose leg was broken by the Red Guards. It shows how devoid of any morality this regime was.

But there are also many light-hearted scenes in the film. One of the funnier ones is the boy's mother showing his stained underwear to his father. 'He is early, just like I was', says his father cheerfully, pinching his wife's bottom.

It is interesting to compare this film to 'Under the hawthorn tree', the recent film by Zhang Yimou which explores the same theme of everyday life against the backdrop of the cultural revolution. The difference is that Zhang made a love story and Wang a coming-of-age story. But the attention to small detail, the subdued way of storytelling and the focus on everyday life are quite similar. I liked Zhang's film better than Wang's, because the latter is sometimes a bit slow.

At the moment of writing, this film has been rated by 149 IMDb-users, which is an extremely low figure. Apparently, the film has only been released in France (which co-produced), the Netherlands and Belgium. It deserves a larger audience.

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