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So Long, My Son(地久天长)

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China · 2019
3h 5m
Director Wang Xiaoshuai
Starring Wang Jingchun, Yong Mei, Qi Xi, Du Jiang
Genre Drama

The changes in Chinese society from the 1950s to the '80s, as experienced by two families.

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CineVue by Christopher Machell

Subsumed by the bigger picture, the plot resurfaces at the end to utterly devastating effect. Only a film with the epic sweep of So Long, My Son could pull off such a narrative feat so beautifully.


Empire by Ian Freer

Beautifully played — especially by Wang Jingchun — So Long, My Son is sprawling, audacious, sometimes bewildering, ultimately moving. It tests your patience but it’s worth it.


Screen Daily by Jonathan Romney

A challenging narrative structure - withholding key information and skipping between several time frames - makes this film a daunting watch overall. But Wang’s ambition and seriousness, aided by strong ensemble performances, ensure it is a formidable and, for the most part, involving work of novelistic scope.


CineVue by Patrick Gamble

At just over three-hours, So Long, My Son is an emotionally wrenching film that’s epic in scope but intimate in feeling.


The Observer (UK) by Wendy Ide

So measured is the pacing, so sinuous the timeline, so understated the subtle ache of the performances that you don’t immediately realise that Wang Xiaoshuai’s exquisite three-hour drama has been performing the emotional equivalent of open-heart surgery on the audience since pretty much the first scene.

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