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Anh Hung Tran
Le Van Loc,
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung,
Nu Yên-Khê Tran
Liyan and Yuwen live in post-war torpor, childless but with Liyan's school-aged sister. He coughs, imagining he has TB; Yuwan embroiders; they sleep in separate rooms. A surprise visit from Liyan's boyhood friend Zhang, a big city physician, wakes up the household. To Zhang's amazement, he discovers his friend's wife is his own youthful sweetheart. Possibilities abound: an affair, an arranged marriage of Zhang and Little Sister, now 16, or simply ending ennui and embracing vitality. Can a stifling atmosphere of Chinese Chekhov give way to spring? Alcohol at a birthday party speeds resolution.Written by
"Springtime in a Small Town" is beautiful to look at, but not very memorable. It's basically a filmed play taking place in a house, there are a few exterior shots but not many. I was involved for the first 30 minutes, but then I stopped caring, the plot just wasn't interesting enough. Basically, it's a romantic triangle between the homeowner, his wife, and a visiting doctor friend. Because this film is so dependent on dialogue, I was hoping for some heady conversations on China's crumbling situation - the film takes place in 1948 - but it never happens. The film is like a beautiful model on a runway, pretty to look at, but lacking any depth.
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