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Young & Restless in China
The Chinese economy grew at a fantastic rate in the first years of the 21st century, offering new possibilities but also presenting new challenges to its people, and filmmaker Sue Williams offers a portrait of a nation in flux as she chronicles the lives of a handful of people in their twenties and thirties in this documentary. Lu Dong and Ben Wu are two people who left China seeking greater opportunities and later came home to take advantage of the nation's booming economy, and though both have found success -- Lu founded a clothing company and Ben runs an Internet coffee shop --… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Director Sue] Williams should have used subtitles, rather than Western voices, to translate the words of her talking heads. Still, her film is a timely look at the massive changes overtaking China."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"At its best, Young & Restless in China plays like a prosaic complement to the films of Jia Zhangke."
‑ Joshua Land, Time Out New York
"We see a lot of ambition and cell phone connectivity, but little style or drama to set this apart as a superior documentary"
‑ Jules Brenner,
"A real-life soap opera you can feel sophisticated for watching -- after all, it's really about globalization, even if broken hearts and family dysfunction occupy center stage."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Almost everything experienced by the nine, who appear to be in their 20s and 30s, is garden-variety living and learning."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"Williams's multi-thread portrait is fascinating only as a scattershot, time-capsule sampling of those whose lives were defined by the Tiananmen Square protests."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"Examines how the generation of Chinese recently come of age has adjusted to the country's embrace of capitalism and the ensuing rush to rapid modernization."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Eye-opening study of how China's turbo-charged capitalism leaves something to be desired, especially for the young."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"Young & Restless In China is the first of a planned five-part series that will follow nine diverse Chinese citizens over the course of 20 years."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Somewhat schematic in its dual professional/personal focus, pic successfully demonstrates the stages of social development through the private dramas of its individual subjects."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Nuanced and emotionally bittersweet%u2014not nearly as propagandistic (in either direction) as some might expect."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Williams succumbs to one of the most odious habits of the documentary filmmaker by having Western voices translate the words of her talking heads."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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