The Beauty Remains (Mei ren yi jiu)
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The Beauty Remains (Mei ren yi jiu)
A woman's tainted family history proves to be both a blessing and a curse in this drama from Chinese-American filmmaker Ann Hu. Fei (Zhou Xun) is a young woman who was born as a result of an extra-marital dalliance by her father, the wealthy Master Li. When Master Li dies while Fei is away at school, she returns home to pay her respects. At the reading of his will, Fei learns that Li's final wishes have specified she must continue her education at the same school as Ying (Vivian Wu), her half-sister, and that the two girls must share a home. Fei is not happy with this new arrangement;… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

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"The film plays like the work of a fifth-generation Chinese hack faking a lavish Hollywood saga on an indie budget."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"Ann Hu's Beauty Remains is distinguished by a ghostly, intimate atmosphere that will linger with you long after the plot has faded."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"A tepid and stilted Chinese soap opera about two sisters and their uneasy relationship."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A luminous, epic dreamscape, reimagining a decaying lost paradise from whose destructive core a buoyant redemptive unshackled political consciousness and redefined, aroused sisterhood rise from the ashes of repressive patriarchy."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"So beautifully filmed, it is especially sad that the script doesn't measure up."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"A delicate figurine of a movie, Beauty Remains is an account of a tragic love triangle set in China in 1948, just before the Communists won the civil war."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
"Beautifully art directed, costumed and shot (by Scott Kevan, who brought the same to exotic haze to the interiors of Secretary), the whole thing feels like a living, breathing tableaux vivant from a China that is about to abruptly disappear."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Overwritten dialogue is matched by melodramatic performances."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"The movie's tapestry and matrix of confused emotions is as breathtaking as the period fashions and as breathless as, well, Breathless."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"Life is a stage in the film%u2014a feeling confirmed by the final shot, in which the characters arrange furniture and pose for the audience, waiting for a standing ovation that will never come."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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