Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl
Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl (1999)

Teenager Xiu Xiu leaves her Chengdu family for a distant area of Tibet to learn horse herding. She falls into a platonic relationship with Tibetan horseman Lao, all the while trying to find some way of returning home to her family.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 26, 1999
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

An astonishing directorial debut.

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Peter Henne
Film Journal International

Easily makes a beautiful landscape film, but it also poses a challenge to viewers.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A rigorous drama about the plight of a fifteen-year old girl during the Cultural Revolution in China.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Chen shows an impressive grasp of nuance--in addition to just about every facet of filmmaking.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

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Steve Rhodes
Internet 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

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
A politically charged and highly metaphorical/symbolic piece of work. Placed slightly above the subtext is a simple yet charming story of a girl living in… More