A tale that haunts your dreams..,
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This review is from: Farewell My Concubine [All Region] [import] (DVD)
A beautiful and haunting love story - a childhood love that never fails. This is a beautiful scripted, beautifully acted piece of work. I saw it many years ago and it haunted my memory. From the awfulness of their upbringing - the cruelty and abuse - two young actors become the stars of classical Chinese theatre. It is one of the most sensitive explorations of the meaning of gender and gay love and the tragic outcomes that arise from absence of choice. It goes to places that 'La Vie En Rose' never touched. I would say more but I will spoil the story. Interwoven with their lives are the political traumas of an awakening state - China's revulsion at the past, and eventually its embracing of its culture in the Cultural Revolution. There is politics, colour, noise, love and performing arts. What's not to like but there are no cheesy endings here.