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Reviews: Beijing Flickers (2013)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Christopher Bourne @ Twitch
    • Excerpt: Director Zhang Yuan paints an indelible portrait of a society that, while having improved the lives of many, has left just as many behind, and without the safety nets that will prevent them from sinking into an ever-descending spiral of poverty, joblessness, homelessness, and never-ending struggle.
  • [New – 7/11] | Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies
    • Excerpt: Zhang Yuan, producer, director, co-writer, and cinematography expert, symbolically depicts that coming-of-age time in a young adult’s life when the reality of life and its challenges comes crashing in. You either adapt or allow it to overtake you.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live
    • Excerpt: Chinese director Zhang Yuan follows their intersecting lives over four months in the capital city, applying a verité shooting style to his “St. Elmo’s Fire” narrative. Some of the film’s ragged plot threads could’ve been snipped, and the strained poetry of the voiceover undermines the onscreen emotion, but a solid cast brings life to a familiar experience halfway around the world.
Updated: January 17, 2013 — 7:58 pm

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