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(MENG YING TONGNIAN)
"A lovely, elegant paean to the joy and liberty that films offer...Electric Shadows is sweet and accomplished and Xiao Jiang is a terrific new find." -Hollywood Reporter
½ "Xiao's bittersweet film is superficially a swoony love letter to the cinema. But her valentine has a hidden sting, rooted in some hard truths about movie mania" -TV Guide
"Debuting writer-director Xiao Jiang shows she has the makings of a quality mainstream filmmaker" -Variety
"A stirring, bouncy elegy to movies and movie lovers...[Xiao Jiang] can make you feel all over again the tingling excitement a good movie has for a 10-year-old" -Chicago Tribune
Can you imagine a Chinese Cinema Paradiso? Filmmaker Xiao Jiang has made a highly entertaining début feature gives us a pretty vivid impression of what it might be like She is one of China's newest voices in cinema who made this charming and heartwarming tale of a small town cinema and the lifelong influence it had on a young boy and young girl who grew up with the big screen...and years later meet by chance under unusual circumstances in Beijing. Her storyline - divided between Beijing now and Ningxia thirty years ago - is about what it takes to heal grievous emotional wounds within a family. But all of her central characters are movie fans, and the key events in their lives are inextricably linked to the movies they saw and loved. Electric Shadows opens in present-day Beijing with a disastrous encounter between delivery boy Dabing (Xia Yu, who won the Best Actor prize in Venice for In the Heat of the Sun) and Ling Ling (Qi Zhongyang). Dabing is the one with a bump on his head, but Ling Ling's the one who ends up in hospital, receiving overdue treatment for a life that has left her dazed, confused and hurt. He visits her home to keep her fish fed and starts reading her diary. It tells a story that shocks him in ways he could never have expected, but it also reminds him of his own childhood passion for the movies.
Directed by Xiao Jiang, China, 2004, 35mm, 95 mins. In Mandarin with English subtitles.