Ciao Ciao- -
A free and wild young woman has to come back from the big city to her village in the mountains.
Pretty Ciao Ciao is back from Canton to visit her parents in their mountain village.
She plans to return to the city as soon as possible, but her parents expect her to help out. Ciao Ciao is trapped between her duty and the desire to lead a life of her own.
A sophisticated city woman visits her rural parents in Song Chuan’s incisive snapshot of the tension between tradition and modernity in contemporary China.
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After investigating the consequences of China’s one-child policy in his impressive debut Huan Huan (2012), talented writer- director Song Chuan turns his sharply observant eye to the ever- widening gulf between urban and rural China. Song sets the scene brightly with Ciao Ciao (Liang Xueqin, excellent) returning to her village wearing flashy designer clothes and sporting a disdainful attitude toward ‘all these hillbillies’. But maybe she’s missing something here? As Ciao Ciao spends more time with her colourful family and gets to know a handsome local hairdresser, Song creates an enriching and highly entertaining study of people, and a nation, in changing times.
Ciao Ciao succeeds in channelling the provincial ennui, which shapes its characters’ every gesture and utterance – alienation brought into even sharper focus by cinematographer Li Xuejun’s incredible widescreen depiction of open but forlorn rustic spaces. – Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter
Aided by insular performances that indicate the requisite internalised struggles, the end result is an immersive excursion through an ordinary but revelatory world. – Sarah Ward, Screen International
Thanks to Sydney Film Festival