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Last Train Home - DOUBLE FEATURE!
January 17, 2011
Rated PG

Director: Lixin Fan With: Suqin Chen, Changhua Zhan, Qin Zhang
Run Time: 85 minutes Country: Canada / China / United Kingdom
Year: 2009 Language: Mandarin with English subtitles

Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos, as all at once, a tidal wave of humanity attempts to return home by train. It is the Chinese New Year, and the wave is made up of millions of migrant factory workers. The homes they seek are the rural villages and families they left behind to seek work in the booming coastal cities. It is an epic spectacle that tells us much about China, a country discarding traditional ways as it hurtles towards modernity and global economic dominance.

Last Train Home, an emotionally engaging and visually beautiful debut film from Chinese-Canadian director Lixin Fan, draws us into the fractured lives of a single migrant family caught up in this desperate annual migration. Sixteen years ago, the Zhangs abandoned their young children to find work in the city, consoled by the hope that their wages would lift their children into a better life. But in a bitter irony, the Zhangs' hopes for the future are undone by their very absence. Qin, the child they left behind, has grown into adolescence crippled by a sense of abandonment. In an act of teenage rebellion, she drops out of school and decides that she too will become a migrant worker.

The decision is a heartbreaking blow for the parents, and we identify with the Zhangs as they navigate through the stark and difficult choices of a society caught between old ways and new realities. In classic cinéma vérité style, Last Train Home follows the Zhangs' attempts to change their daughter's course and repair their ruptured family. Intimate and candid, the film paints a human portrait of the dramatic changes sweeping China, against the backdrop of the largest regular human migration on earth.

"Already an award-winner at several documentary festivals, Last Train Home stands as an impressive feature debut…and a harbinger of more great documentary cinema." – James Adams, The Globe & Mail

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