Sunflower (2007)

"Sunflower" is a powerful and touching look at the compelling inner dynamics of one post-Cultural Revolution family in Beijing and their struggle over 30 years to adjust to each other as the fabric, politics, and social mores of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 17, 2007
DVD Release Date: June 10, 2008
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

The film's father-son friction grows occasionally repetitious, but it springs from a sensitive, well-written melodrama that earns its emotions with tender sincerity.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Like Douglas Sirk without the throw pillows, Sunflower is a shamelessly old-fashioned melodrama performed with such sincerity that resistance is futile.

Prairie Miller

An odd combination of sociopolitical metaphor and conventional melodrama, Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yang's Sunflower has moments of keen insight and power touching on the ways in which human character and personality are shaped by historical experience.

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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail

Sunflower succeeds as both a moving family drama and a microcosm of China's social history since the 1970s.

Jan Stuart

Paging John O'Hara. One would have to reach back to those melodramatic family potboilers of the '50s to find such an unfettered blast of guilt-tripping and misdirected love.

Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

There is so much going on in Sunflower that you may want to see it more than once.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Although filled with a plethora of dramatic events, including earthquakes and floods, the film never achieves real dramatic momentum, due in large part to its needlessly sluggish pacing.

Julia Wallace
Village Voice

Sunflower plays less like the epic it aspires to be than an episode of Full House: Beijing.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Whatever the movie lacks in sociopolitical insight, it makes up for with moving storytelling.

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