Coming Home

Coming Home ★★★★

Gong Li is fantastic as the wife of a professor who returns home after years spent in a labor camp during China's Cultrural Revolution only to discover she is suffering from amnesia and unable to recognize him. The scenes between the two are quietly devastating and linger almost as a tacit criticism of Communist ideology in China, even though the film remains staunchly apolitical. But in keeping a more intimate focus on the family, director Zhang Yimou shortchanges the filial concerns stemming from their daughter's initial betrayal, leading to a not entirely satisfying resolution.