The film is set in 1975 at a rural Chinese village with the Cultural Revolution serving as the backdrop. The focus is on a group children blossoming out of adolescence. Given the trying political climate one would think the kids would have a different set of problems. Strange enough the issues they face are the regular ones. New clothes, trying friendships and of course a bit of a murder mystery swirling around the forming minds. Throw in some sexual awakening and you have a lovely coming of age tale that shows children growing up anywhere are similar at a base level.
Rating: * * * +