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UW-Eau Claire to Screen
'The Road Home' April 11-14
MAILED: March 28, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — "The Road Home" (China 1999), Zhang Yimou's most romantic film to date, will screen April 11-14 as part of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire International Film Series.
The most recent release from the director of "Not One Less," "Raise the Red Lantern" and "Red Sorghum," the film will be presented at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Schofield Auditorium.
"The Road Home" begins in wintry monochrome as a city dweller returns to his birthplace, a remote village in northern China. His father, a dedicated schoolteacher, has died while away from home, and his distraught mother insists that the coffin be hand-carried - an expensive custom that assures that the deceased won't forget the road home. As the screen suddenly blazes with golden sunlight and autumn foliage, a lengthy flashback explains the woman's devotion to her husband.
Played in youth by Zhang Ziyi (the willful governor's daughter in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," in her film debut), the 18-year-old villager falls in love with her new schoolmaster (Zheng Hao) and pursues him with comic and touching persistence. Their union is impeded by both village tradition, which discourages love matches, and ideological policy as China begins the Cultural Revolution.
"Most movies these days can't honestly earn your tears," wrote Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Wilmington. "But Zhang Yimou's 'The Road Home' - a great love story and a deeply moving celebration of simple lives - does.... It's both a heart-stoppingly gorgeous film and showcase for one of the most beautiful young actresses in the world today."
In Mandarin subtitled in English, the 100-minute film is rated G.
Tickets are $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: March 28, 2002