Coming Home ★★★★

If you're the kind of person who thinks old people are cute, the last scene of Coming Home will crush your heart into a million pieces.

This is a return to a much more personal story from Zhang Yimou but he never forgets the bigger picture. The oppression of Mao's Communist rule is laid bare for all to see as it rips the family at the centre of the film - all played brilliantly by the stoic Chen Daoming (Lu), the ever-brilliant Gong Li (Yu) and the fiercely strong Zhang Huiwen (Dandan) - apart. But the intimacy of the film comes as the shadowy Communist presence is interweaved into the oft-repeated amnesiac lover tale, making it a more tragic affair but making the characters all the more relatable for it.

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