Such a sweet and beautiful little film. It has a really nice fairy-tale vibe and that's why the ending works so well. Also Janet Gaynor is so precious and I love her with Farrell.
I love melodramas and this is a gorgeous looking one, unfortunately this was very underwhelming. The finale was expectedly devastating but couldn't really be effective because everything that came before it was cold and detached. I kept thinking how much better Ophüls would've done with this material.
Filled with sadness and nostalgia. It has such an incredible sense of time and place. It totally transports you to a small Chinese town of 1980s and it feels so lived in. A truly mesmerising experience.
It felt like a mix of Theo's The Travelling Players and Hou's works. That's another great thing.
(Apparently there's a nearly 4 hour version of this, would love to watch it someday. Also I really don't like this poster)
The setting of the film is absolutely gorgeous but the story it tells is pretty much the opposite. A really nice contrast. It's a grim and tragic tale of people dealing with trauma and trying to escape their past. Superbly directed, beautifully shot, wonderfully paced and excellently acted. It has one of the most naturally disturbing scene I've seen ever. The ending could have been little smoother but overall a true gem of a film. A brilliant introduction to Pelin Esmer.