Guo nian hui jia   1999   Italy, China Seventeen Years
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Director:Yuan Zhang
Studio:Fondazione MonteCinemaVerità Locarno
Writer:Dai Ning, Hua Yu, Wen Zhu
IMDb Rating:7.0 (366 votes)
Awards:11 wins & 3 nominations
Genre:Drama
Duration:90 min
Languages:Mandarin
IMDb:0213695
Amazon:B0007P0Y6I
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Yuan Zhang  ...  (Director)
Dai Ning, Hua Yu, Wen Zhu  ...  (Writer)
 
Lin Liu  ...  Tao Lan
Bingbing Li  ...  Chen Jie
Yeding Li  ...  Tao Airong
Song Liang  ...  Yu Zhenggao
Yun Li  ...  Yu Xiaoqin
Su Wang  ...  Policeman
Xigui Zhang  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: I watched a bad print, very dark and sort of blurry, like an old film with very little story. Could have been a fifteen minute film. Sounds harsh but it seems like you needed to bring sympathy to it rather than the film evoking it.

Summary: Tao Lan and Yu Xiaoqin are teenage stepsisters. They go to the same high school, sleep in the same bedroom, but couldn't be more different. The first is wild, a bit of a vagabond, while the other is diligent and studies hard. One day Yu Xiaoqin steals money from her father and puts the blame on Tao Lin, who accidentally kills her sister while attempting to prove her innocence, and is put in jail. 17 years later, a woman by now, she is allowed out and is escorted by a guard to find her home long demolished. The two go to the new address of the ageing parents, and the guard becomes an eyewitness to the difficult reunion and the girl's remorse, the anxiety and fear of the mother and the stepfather's silent struggle to rise above his pain and find forgiveness.


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