She, a Chinese
She, a Chinese (2009)

Mei, a young viilage woman, leads a monotonous life in her dusty hometown in rural China, but unfulfilled, she leaves for Beijing. Tragedy strikes there, and her restless nature compels her to England, where she drifts through a series of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 31, 2009
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Nina Caplan
Time Out

This would be depressing, except that Mei is a delight: a feisty, shrewd young woman, uneducated but intelligent and more than capable of surviving the brickbats life keeps throwing at her.

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Peter Bradshaw

Bold and unparochial in a doggedly low-key style.

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Tom Dawson
Total Film

The functionally photographed She, A Chinese isn't at all lacking in thematic ambitions, but there's a disappointing sketchiness to the storytelling and Lu's opaque central turn hinders an emotional engagement in her character's quest.

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Anna Smith
Empire Magazine

Curious and interesting in many respects but emotionally light-weight and unfulfilling.

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David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Unhappily, there‚(TM)s no dramatic arc here, just a series of encounters with unsuitable or undesirable men. Writer-director Xiaolu Guo puts her heroine through trying ordeals, but her character remains elusive.

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Trevor Johnston
Radio Times

An intriguing, keenly observed journey, but one that demands too much patience from the audience.

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

There are few migrant clich√ (C)s here, just an intimate portrait of a young girl trying to work out who she is and where she wants to be. The first part of the film is more successful than the rather meandering UK-based second half.

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Tom Seymour
Little White Lies

The sparse scaffholding of this film is at once enigmatic and illuminating, revealing a quiet political literacy.

Matthew Turner

An engaging, impressively directed and fantastically acted drama that's well worth seeking out.

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