Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress on DVD
Finally! I talked about this film and book way back during the 2003 San Diego Asian Film Festival! A French and Chinese production, I despaired
of ever seeing it as a Region 1 (US/Canada) DVD! I'll leave to you to go down Memory Lane if you'd like to see my reviews and SDAFF coverage (October, 2003) Wonderful book! Movie is very good too. And it stars Xun Zhou of the new HK film Perhaps Love! 🙂
Plot Outline: A boy sent to a Maoist "rehabilitation" camp in the mountains falls in love with the village tailor's granddaughter.
Plot Synopsis: In 1971 China, in the lingering grip of the cultural revolution, two university students, Luo and Ma, are sent to a mountain mining village as part of their reeducation duty to purge them of their classical western oriented education. Amid the backbreaking work and stifling ignorance of the community, the two boys find that music, and the presence of the beautiful local young women are the only pleasant things in their miserable life. However, none compare to the young seamstress granddaughter of the local tailor. Stealing a departing student's secret cache of forbidden books of classic western literature such as the works of Honore de Balzac, they set about to woo her and teach her things she had never imagined. In doing so, they start a journey that would profoundly change her perspective on her world and teach the boys about the power of literature and their own ability to change their world in truly revolutionary ways.
Currently Reading: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress