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Three Sisters (San Zimei)

Three Sisters (San Zimei)
  • 2012
  • France/Hong Kong
  • 153 min
  • Directed by: Bing Wang
  • Language: Mandarin

Three young sisters grow up without much parental interference in this quiet film about childhood resilience.

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Three Sisters (San Zimei)

The resilience of childhood amid extreme poverty.

In a remote mountain village in Yunnan province, the youngest members of a multi-generational peasant farming family, sisters aged ten, six, and four, grow up. Their mother has abandoned them; the father is away for long periods for work; the little girls spend their days playing and helping with chores. An intimate and quiet masterpiece of observational filmmaking.

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Three Sisters

16 Jul 20134 stars

An unrelenting documentary from great Chinese filmmaker Wang Bing

Is observational documentary making a comeback? For a while at least it seemed as though great docs like Man on Wire, Project Nim and Senna were pushing documentary ever further into storytelling and suspense. But at this year's Edinburgh International…

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