Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl
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Actress Joan Chen makes her directorial debut with this bleak tale, adapted from the award-winning novella "Tian Yu" by Shanghai writer Yan Geling, about the loss of innocence during Mao Zedong's brutal Cultural Revolution. Precocious Wen Xiu (16-year-old Lu Lu), playfully called Xiu Xiu by her friends, finds herself one of millions of Chinese teenagers sent to the hinterlands to receive specialized training during the early 1970s. She is taken from her loving family in Chengdu to the Tibetan steppes, where she is apprenticed to Lao Jin (Lopsang), a solitary master horseman whose… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An astonishing directorial debut."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Easily makes a beautiful landscape film, but it also poses a challenge to viewers."
‑ Peter Henne, Film Journal International
"A rigorous drama about the plight of a fifteen-year old girl during the Cultural Revolution in China."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Chen shows an impressive grasp of nuance--in addition to just about every facet of filmmaking."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"The flaw in the film comes with its bleak ending, that seemed to be contrived and used as a means of getting more sympathy out of the audience than it needed to."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Chen coats the traumatic moments with the same slick veneer she uses on the lighter ones, thus muting any effect they have on the audiences"
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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