11 Flowers

11 Flowers

Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai , China/France, 1:10, Mandarin/Shanghainese w/English Subtitles

Performed by a troupe of child actors, 11 Flowers is a delicate and moving film about growing up in a time of great upheaval. One of China’s foremost directors, Wang Xiaoshuai (Beijing Bicycle, Shanghai Dreams) tells this striking, autobiographical coming-of-age tale set in the final days of China's Cultural Revolution. Eleven-year-old Wang Han lives with his family in a remote village in Guizhou province. Life is tough, but they make the most of what little they have. When Wang is selected to lead his school through their daily gymnastic regimen, his teacher recommends that he wear a clean, new shirt in honor of this important position – a request that forces his family to make a great sacrifice.  But after Wang is given the precious shirt, it is taken from him by a desperate, wounded man who is on the run and wanted by the authorities for murder; the fates of Wang and the fugitive are soon intertwined.

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