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also known as Hong yan

Dam Street2005

  • 3.8
In the early 1980s, Xiao Yun, a sixteen year-old girl living in small riverside town in China, discovers she is pregnant. The local community is stunned, her family loses face and she and her boyfriend are expelled from school. In the aftermath, her boyfriend leaves her, and she gives birth and is then forced to put her child up for adoption. Ten years later, her relationship with her family strained and ostracized by residents of the town, Xiao Yunn is reduced to working as a singer in a local song and dance troupe. And her only real companion is Xiao Yong, a fiercely affectionate boy who protects her from the critical eyes of the community until a marriage proposal discovers the limits of their friendship, and the depth of her unresolved past.

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top reviewer

Xiao Yun is wonderful_the whole cast is really_really well done_sweet story beautiful cinematography

Umm okay, wow.

I got to see the first three mins. and was entranced. I finished the movie before realizing I've seen "Lost in Beijing" by this director, Li Yu, as well. That one was also quite beautiful, though I have to say this had a certain... "femme" quality to it. I can't describe it, but it feels like Sofia Coppola movies. There's just a gentleness in the approach that was couple with fun witty remarks by all characters. It felt very real and never quite pushed to feel real (does that make sense?).

And my god!!! Those fucking shots were sublime to watch.