18 February 2010

Not One Less

If you've been reading for a while, you know two things:

I love Chinese Tragedies
I love Zhang Yimou

If you've seen the Road Home and the Story of Qui Juo, you have an idea of how intense and depressing this film is. But that doesn't mean you still shouldn't watch it.

You should.

In fact, right now.

Dizzying, bewildering, overpowering. Do you need more words to describe this movie?

The story of a 13-year old girl who has to substitute teach a class of students for 1-month, despite having no training or skill whatsoever... and being a typically immature 13-year old girl.

This film doesn't rank in Zhang Yimou's top 10, but that's like saying Cadillac isn't the comfiest car in the world. This movie is amazing. Amazing. Amazing. And if it doesn't get to you in some deep emotional way… well, I don't know what to do for you.