11-year-old Wang lives with his family in a remote village in China. Life is tough, but they make the most of what little they have. When Wang is selected to lead his school's daily ... See full summary »

Director:

Xiaoshuai Wang

Writers:

Ni Lao (screenplay), Xiaoshuai Wang (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Jingchun Wang ... Papa
Wenqing Liu ... Wang Han
Guo Liuxing Zhong Guo Liuxing Zhong ... La Souris (as Zhong Guo Liuxing)
Kexuan Zhang Kexuan Zhang ... La Teigne
Yihao Lou Yihao Lou ... Wei Jun
Ziyi Wang ... Assassin
Shiyi Mo Shiyi Mo ... Jue Hong
Kimi Qiao ... Frere de Wei Jun (as Renliang Qiao)
Yue Yu Yue Yu ... Institutrice
Shiqi Zhao Shiqi Zhao ... Petite Soeur
Shiping Cao Shiping Cao ... Vieux Xie
Gang Cao Gang Cao ... Policier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Qi Sun Qi Sun
Ni Yan ... Mama
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11-year-old Wang lives with his family in a remote village in China. Life is tough, but they make the most of what little they have. When Wang is selected to lead his school's daily gymnastics, his teacher recommends that he wear a new shirt, which forces his family to make a great sacrifice. Soon after, Wang encounters a wounded man on the run and their fates are intertwined.

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Crime | Drama | History

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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The on-screen ending credits are listed in Chinese and in French. In French, two of the schoolboys are La Souris, which translates to English as Mouse, and La Teigne, which refers to moths or fungal infection but in reference to a child is an idiomatic expression for Pest. The English subtitles show "Mouse" in place of "La Souris" and "Louse" in place of "La Teigne". See more »

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Impressive film about the Cultural Revolution in China and its aftermath
28 October 2012 | by JvH48See all my reviews

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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Country:

China | France

Language:

Mandarin | Shanghainese

Release Date:

9 May 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

11 Flowers See more »

Filming Locations:

Wansheng, Chongqing, China

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,516, 24 February 2013

Gross USA:

$9,213

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,599
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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