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by Daï Sijie


At the beginning of the 70s, China is still under the yoke of the Cultural Revolution. One of Mao’s policies is the re-education of “intellectuals”. They are sent out to work alongside farmers so as to experience the hard reality of life. Luo and Ma are the sons of intellectuals belonging to the medical and scientific professions. They are therefore considered “enemies of the people” by the Communist party and are sent to an isolated region in the Middle Empire.

international title: The Little Chinese Seamstress
original title: Balzac et la petite tailleuse chinoise
country: France, China
sales agent: TF1 Studio
year: 2001
genre: fiction
directed by: Daï Sijie
film run: 116'
release date: FR 09/10/2002, CH 09/10/2002, ES 22/11/2002, BE 15/01/2003, LU 31/07/2003, UK 09/05/2003, DK 05/09/2003, PL 06/06/2003, DE 25/12/2003
screenplay: Daï Sijie, Nadine Perront
cast: Xun Zhou, Chen Kun, Lui Ye, Shuangbao Wang, Zhijun Cong, Hong Wei Wang
cinematography by: Jean-Marie Dreujou
film editing: Luc Barnier, Julia Gregory
art director: Juiping Cao
costumes designer: Huamiao Tong
music: Pujian Wang
producer: Lise Fayolle
production: Les Films de la Suane, France 3 Cinéma, Le Film
distributor: BAC Films, Sunrise Film Distribution ApS, Filmcoopi, Vértigo Films, Les Films de L'Elysée, Soda Pictures, Best Film, Schwarz Weiss Filmverleih

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