The Road Home (Wo de fu qin mu qin)
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Following on the heels of director Zhang Yimou's Not One Less (1999), which won the top prize at the 1999 Venice Film Festival, comes this sensitively-wrought portrait of a young woman's unshakable love. The film opens in the present, shot in gritty black and white, as businessman Luo Yusheng (Sun Honglei) returns to his hometown in the rural Hebei province to attend the funeral of his father. When Luo suggests that the coffin should be brought home from the hospital on a tractor, his aging mother Zhao Di (Zhao Yuelin) rebuffs him, insisting that they conform to custom and have it… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If this film's coda doesn't move you to tears, you'd better make an appointment with your cardiologist."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Zhang Yimou focuses so frequently on Ziyi's face in extreme close-up that she sticks like a daguerreotype to your retina -- and then your heart."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"In the spirit of the best nostalgic village pics, only one thing happens, and yet it turns out to mean everything to its characters."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"About love acutely desired in youth and fiercely remembered in old age… delicately simple and emotionally satisfying."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"A touching little pleasure. The story is about as uncomplicated as it can get, and the visuals and the performance of Zhang Ziyi are there for the audience to simply soak-in."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"A layered, delicately but surely romantic tribute to the simplicity and grace of a bygone era."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"A gentle, engaging narrative of constancy and devotion against all odds."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Mantendo seus habituais comentários políticos em segundo plano, Yimou narra uma história de amor simples, mas tocante, trazendo Zhang Ziyi numa performance absolutamente adorável."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Zhang Ziyi, who is considered to be the movies new queen of kung-fu shows that she can do more than just kick *** here."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
""The Road Home" takes the subject of love and presents it in its purest form. A stunning and beautiful meditation"
‑ Collin Souter,
"Celebrates a beauty and heroism around us that we often miss in both our movies and our lives."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Of course, the past always looks better in retrospect, especially to those who have never done without indoor plumbing."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"For the way it gave me room to ponder, for the gift of its colors, and for the delicate performance by Zhang Ziyi... it's one of my favorite films of 2001."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"It's a simple story but lovingly told and pleasant to watch."
‑ Joshua Tanzer, Offoffoff
"A celebration of the power of love."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
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