Stolen Life (Sheng Si Jie)
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A young woman finds herself torn between the promise of autonomous adulthood and the demands of subservience to a lover in Stolen Life, a contemporary feminist parable by acclaimed 6th Generation Chinese Filmmaker Li Shaohong (Blush). For Yanni (Zhou Xun), life has never been easy; bereft by her mother at six years old and shuttled off to live with her grandmother and aunt, she felt neither loved nor accepted. Yanni's future prospects unexpectedly open up six years later, when her biological mother and father turn up and promise to send the 14-year-old through university. Just when the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This one hits home in places, but overall it begs for a lighter touch."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"The filmmaker takes stock with brutal candor of the traumatic turn of events in new market economy China, as the national social support system in place is increasingly dismantled for the sake of foreign greed and profit."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"For all its rough immediacy and cool tone, Stolen Life is nothing more or less than an old-fashioned class-antagonism melodrama."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"It's to director Li's credit that she tells the story as plainly and unobtrusively as possible."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Powerful stuff."
‑ Don Willmott,
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