The Beauty Remains (Mei ren yi jiu)
The Beauty Remains (Mei ren yi jiu) (2007)

A woman's tainted family history proves to be both a blessing and a curse in this drama from Chinese-American filmmaker Ann Hu. Fei (Zhou Xun) is a young woman who was born as a result of an extra-marital dalliance by her father, the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 21, 2007
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

The film plays like the work of a fifth-generation Chinese hack faking a lavish Hollywood saga on an indie budget.

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Andrew O'Hehir

Ann Hu's Beauty Remains is distinguished by a ghostly, intimate atmosphere that will linger with you long after the plot has faded.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A tepid and stilted Chinese soap opera about two sisters and their uneasy relationship.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

So beautifully filmed, it is especially sad that the script doesn't measure up.

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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times

A delicate figurine of a movie, Beauty Remains is an account of a tragic love triangle set in China in 1948, just before the Communists won the civil war.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

Beautifully art directed, costumed and shot (by Scott Kevan, who brought the same to exotic haze to the interiors of Secretary), the whole thing feels like a living, breathing tableaux vivant from a China that is about to abruptly disappear.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Overwritten dialogue is matched by melodramatic performances.

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Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

The movie's tapestry and matrix of confused emotions is as breathtaking as the period fashions and as breathless as, well, Breathless.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Life is a stage in the film%u2014a feeling confirmed by the final shot, in which the characters arrange furniture and pose for the audience, waiting for a standing ovation that will never come.

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