Dongdong de jiaqi (A Summer at Grandpa's)
Dongdong de jiaqi (A Summer at Grandpa's) (1984)

When their mother is forced to stay in the hospital for a prolonged period of time, 4 year-old Ting-Ting and her brother, 11 year-old Tung-Tung are taken by their uncle to spend the summer with their grandfather, who is a doctor in a small,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1984
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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

The graceful and thorny opening up of a child's world

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Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

Hou's relative invisibility serves the story, allowing the mood, pretty scenery, and accomplished naturalistic performances to take center stage.

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Leo Goldsmith
Reverse Shot

Hou's film places demands on our powers of observation, insisting that we, like Tung-tung, attend to the minutiae, ironies, and deeper meanings it offers us.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

These obvious elements of melodrama never reach any kind of hysterical pitch, however. Hou keeps everything wrapped up in a tone of warmth and childlike optimism.

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