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Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998)

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Director:
Joan Chen Joan Chen
Starring:
Xiaolu Li Xiaolu Li
Lopsang Lopsang
Zheng Qian Zheng Qian
Jie Gao Jie Gao
Qianqian Li Qianqian Li

7.5 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Genres: Coming-Of-Age, Drama, Political Drama
Young teen girl Xiu Xiu is sent away to a remote corner of the Sichuan steppes for manual labor in 1975 (sending young people to there was a part of Cultural Revolution in China). A year later, she agrees to go to even more remote spot with a Tibetan saddle tramp Lao Jin to learn horse herding. --TMDb
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Review by Christopher
Added: March 14, 2004
Xiu's training camp sent her to live with Lao Jin to be taught how to herd horses. When six months is up, Xiu is to be brought back to the camp so she may teach her newly learned skill to a group of girls. When six months comes to an end, there's no sign of anyone to bring her back to the camp. Days after, she runs into a man that says he can get her back to her home town of Chengdu. He forces her to have sex with him. Afterwards, he was never heard from again. A week later, another man comes to see her. Telling her the peddler sent him and promising her a new tent for her and Jin. In return, he gets to have sex with her. She's in no position to refuse his offer.

Men continue coming to her for sex, as she has been lead to believe that sleeping with them all will guarantee she will be brought back to Chengdu. Jin tries to explain to her that she's being used, but so convinced that she has a chance to return home, she doesn't believe him. She eventually gets pregnant from one of the men and is taken to a hospital. A man sneaks into her room and has sex with her while she's basically bleeding to death. Jin tries to stop this, but the doctors and assistants hold him back. The nurses laugh at her because they think this is what she wants. Jin eventually brings her back to the tent (his home) where the movie ends on an unforgettable note.

This movie is quite the eye opener. Excellent acting with a marvelous storyline. The first half of the movie seems to be an uphill ride for Xiu when it just continues to get worse for her in the last half. All in all, it's a sad tale of how this poor teenager gets abused and mistreated in hopes for her to return to her family. I was suprised to see this movie get such a high praise from big time reviewers, such as New York Press, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, and several others. It's nice to see they can spot an excellent movie every now and then.

Final Conclusion: 8/10
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Tristan #1: Tristan - added 02/06/2006, 01:25 PM
I could not believe the ending to this movie. This was one of the best films I've ever seen. It was a beautiful journey just watching it. They couldn't have made a much better film.
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