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So Long, My Son Rated 12A

So Long, My Son

Dir. Wang Xiaoshuai. China, 2019. 3h 5m. Mandarin/subs. Starring Mei Yong, Jingchun Wang, Liya Ai, Jiang Du, Zhao-Yan Guo-Zhang, Jingjing Li, Xi Qi.

Constricted by China’s one-child policy, and reeling from a family tragedy, a community of factory workers adjust to the vast social and economic changes taking place from the 1980s to the present day. Wang Xiaoshuai’s sweeping yet intimate drama traces the lives of two families over three decades of social and political upheaval in communist China. Winner of the Silver Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival for Best Actress (Mei Yong) and Best Actor (Jingchun Wang).

‘So measured is the pacing, so sinuous the timeline, so understated the subtle ache of the performances…It’s a gorgeous, melancholy masterpiece.’ ★★★★★ Wendy Ide, The Observer

‘Gorgeous, epic depiction of the rise of modern China…Magnificent film-making.’ ★★★★★ Kevin Maher, The Times