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Diffrent and subtle, sometimes too subtle.
on 24 February 2017
This is a story about a complex intense relationships between women who were chosen to become "sisters" in the Chinese men-dominated world of the 19th century. Where compassion and understanding were rarely coming from husbands and their families, these sisters stepped in to fill the vacuum. Such sisterhood was designed to provide emotional support and lasted pretty much for the whole life, equipped with a secret language understood by women only.
The story is told in a very sparse language, with most of it just hinted and outlined by music.
I wouldn't describe it as masterpiece, because the minimalistic storytelling doesn't always work, but it certainly has charm. We were pretty much trained by Hollywood to expect a romance with the occasional "friend of the heart of gold" thrown into the romance for a full measure. This story revives the old idea of friendship and companionship between women and how important it can be to help to stand up to the life's hardships.