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The Road Home(我的父亲母亲)

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China · 1999
Rated G · 1h 29m
Director Zhang Yimou
Starring Zhang Ziyi, Hao Zheng, Yulian Zhao, Sun Honglei
Genre Drama, Romance

Luo Yusheng is a schoolteacher prompted to return to the farming village of his youth because of his father’s death. His mother, Zhao Di, insists on carrying her husband’s coffin to the village on foot, in accordance with tradition. On the journey, Luo Yusheng recounts the story of his mother and father’s courtship in an extended flashback, a famous village legend.

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Boston Globe by Jay Carr

As luminous as the star presence at its center. It's at once a touching teacher movie and an even more touching love story.


Village Voice by Jessica Winter

The Road Home is foremost enthralled, however, with its lead actress -- wide-eyed and pigtailed, revered in close-up after stunned close-up.


TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

The result is an interesting, if slightly unbalanced, hybrid: a social problem film with the warm heart of a deeply felt love story.


Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

A gorgeous film with a vision strong enough to sustain heart-tugging, heightened by San Bao's romantic score, that verges on the sentimental.


USA Today by Mike Clark

It's a sweet tale, but the movie's real subject is Zhang, the camera's muse that the lens adores.

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