11 Flowers
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One of China's foremost Sixth Generation directors, Wang Xiaoshuai (Beijing Bicycle, Shanghai Dreams) tells a striking, autobiographical coming-of-age tale set in the final days of China's Cultural Revolution. Eleven-year-old Wang Han lives with his family in a remote village in Guizhou province. When Wang is selected to lead his school through their daily gymnastic regiment, his teacher recommends that he wear a clean, new shirt in honor of this important position - a request that forces his family to make a great sacrifice. (c) First Run Features
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"More sensitive than disaffected, too gentle to resonate more than mildly."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"Wang Xiaoshuai's gently engrossing coming-of-age tale isn't strikingly unique, but it does possess the heartfelt confidence that comes from autobiographical influence - and natural talent."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"A richly directed and historically credible film that -- with its sense of time and place -- ends up functioning as fascinating and poignant temporal travelogue."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"A compelling Chinese coming-of-age drama about a young boy's initiation into the adult world of violence and mystery."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The movie lingers in the mind, largely because director Wang Xiaoshuai's theme is poignant and classic: The more a child perceives of what the adults around him are doing, the more childhood slips away."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"Mildly resonant, if not revelatory."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"This brilliant coming-of-age story should demonstrate that Americans should be hacking Chinese computers to steal intellectual property and not the other way around--especially Hollywood."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Because of its choice in subjectivity, and despite the film's historical context, 11 Flowers firmly elevates the experience of the personal over the political."
‑ Caroline McKenzie, Slant Magazine
"Poised on the brink of sexual awareness and the waning of the Cultural Revolution, an 11-year-old boy struggles to interpret the signals from his changing body and an increasingly confusing world."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"An absorbing coming-of-age drama set during the waning stage of China's Cultural Revolution, 11 Flowers takes its place among Wang Xiaoshuai's finest films."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"Graceful, tender and poignant with a very believable, organic character arc. It's more than your average coming-of-age story."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
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