In 1971 China, in the lingering grip of the cultural revolution,
two university students, Luo and Ma, are sent to a mountain mining village as
part of their reeducation duty to purge them of their classical western
oriented education. Amid the backbreaking work and stifling ignorance of the
community, the two boys find that music, and the presence of the beautiful
local young women are the only pleasant things in their miserable life.
However, none compare to the young seamstress granddaughter of the local
tailor. Stealing a departing student's secret cache of forbidden books of
classic western literature such as the works of Honore de Balzac, they set about
to woo her and teach her things she had never imagined. In doing so, they start
a journey that would profoundly change her perspective on her world and teach
the boys about the power of literature and their own ability to change their
world in truly revolutionary ways.
Written by Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
Sijie Dai was born on March 2, 1954 in Putian, China. He is a
writer and director, known for Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2002),
The Chinese Botanist's Daughters (2006) and Le Paon de Nuit (2015).