It is '80s China, and a teenage girl who has grown up all her life in a small town has no desire to follow her father's wishes and relocate to Shanghai (the city of his youth) at the first opportunity. but he will go to great lengths to ensure that she has no roots to tie her - including sabotaging her relationship with a local factory worker.
Low-key slice of Sixth Generation realism that raises some interesting points about China's recent economic leap forward, but fails to draw us into the core domestic melodrama.
Reviewed by David Parkinson
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