In response to the death of her husband and young son, peasant Zhang Meili founds a school in the dry desert landscape of northwest China. When cultured and chipper Xia Yu arrives from ... See full summary »
We saw this movie because I am going to China in a few days and came across this movie in the video store. We had seen The Road Home, a great Chinese teacher in a poor village film; and I am afraid we were expecting something like that. Scenes abruptly started and abruptly ended with fades that was intended to show time passing but instead brought the viewer out of the story and reminded them they were watching a movie. Emotionally I was never attached; there was no build-up and they would jump to the next scene too quickly for me to get caught up in it.
Despite there being English subtitles we concluded there should be cultural subtitles. Despite me being familiar with East Asian culture I still found myself confused at times with what was going on, only to sometimes catch on later.
Eh, I guess you have to get through the okay ones to get to the great ones. Again, if you want to see a great Chinese-Teacher-Living-in-a-Poor-Village-Film, see The Road Home.