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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

A Feature film by Dai Sijie

Produced by Productions Internationales Le Film

Release in France : 09/10/2002


    Set in China during the Cultural Revolution of the 1970s, the story follows Luo (Chen Kun) and Ma (Liu Ye), two young men from the city who are sent to a mountain village for a re-education in Maoist principles. They work with the peasants under the supervision of the village head man (Wang Shuangbao), who considers their violin to be a symbol of the bourgeoisie. Luo and Ma both fall in love with the little Chinese seamstress (Ziiou Xun), the daughter of the tailor (Chung Zhijun), and they read her forbidden works of Western literature including French writers Balzac and Dumas. The conclusion finds the two men reminincing about their experiences 30 years later.

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    Productions Internationales Le Film

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    Executive Producer :

    Lise Fayolle

    Screenwriters :

    Dai Sijie, Nadine Perront

    Sound recordists :

    Lala Wu, Daniel Sobrino

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Laurent Renard, Dominique Segall

    Production Designer :

    Jiuping Cao

    Costume designer :

    Huamiao Tong

    Author of original work :

    Dai Sijie

    Director of Photography :

    Jean-Marie Dreujou

    Sound Assistant :

    Nicolas Duchemin

    Editors :

    Julia Grégory, Luc Barnier

    Music Composer :

    Pujian Wang

    Sound Mixer :

    Nicolas Naegelen

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    Feature film

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    France (100.0%)

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    100% French (France)

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    1 h 56 min

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    Dolby DTS