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Xiao Cai Feng * Sijie Dai (2002)

“The Little Chinese Seamstress” is a French/Chinese film about two young men who are sent to a re-education camp because they are not “revolutionary” enough. They are sent to a remote village in the Chinese mountains and get to know a local girl who they fall in love with. A deep friendship develops in which the two youngsters bring their “reactionary ideas” to the girl and her village by means of forbidden books (Western novels). The film has a slow pace, great images and offers a nice insight into the Chinese system of keeping people to the official idea(l)s. Nothing much happens, but “Xia Cai Feng” is nice to watch. Too bad about the French overdup though!

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