In 19th-century China, seven year old girls Snow Flower and Lily are matched as laotong - or "old sames" - bound together for eternity. Isolated by their families, they furtively communicate by taking turns writing in a secret language, nu shu, between the folds of a white silk fan. In a parallel story in present day Shanghai, the laotong's descendants, Nina and Sophia, struggle to maintain the intimacy of their own childhood friendship in the face of demanding careers, complicated love lives, and a relentlessly evolving Shanghai. Drawing on the lessons of the past, the two modern women must understand the story of their ancestral connection, hidden from them in the folds of the antique white silk fan, or risk losing one another forever.Written by
Fox Searchlight Pictures
The last paragraphs of the unsent letter that Nina found in Sophias apartment, which can be seen when she closes the notebook, don't match Nina's voice-over. See more »
People say I'm sending Sebastian and Nina to New york so neither will take my job. Hey, perhaps that's partly true. You know, like these butterflies that surround us this evening, it's a time of transformation, new beginnings.
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Film Review - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011) 5.8/10
"In both cases, it is Sophia/Snow Flower who sensitively detects the gaping divergence in reality between her and Nina/Lily, and goes out of her way to sacrifice their friendship so that the latter can embrace her brighter future without a burden like her ungainly suffixed. While such action is somewhat irrational and overtly self-punishing on her side, one might detect Sophia/Snow Flower has a masochistic streak that often masks as fortitude (Snow Flower claims that in spite of the domestic violence, she still loves her hubby), that would have made her a more resounding and complex character had the South Korean megastar Jun been able to get out of the listless state perpetually shrouds her."
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