Coming Home

Coming Home ★★★★

The unbelievably sad premise wasn't enough, Yimou had to keep twisting the knife he carefully placed on the audience's hearts with the stellar first 25 minutes. Its structure may be quite repetitive, but that actually happens to make the gut-punch of melancholy that's the bulk of the movie to be more powerful, rather than less. Superb leading performance by Li Gong, devastatingly heartbreaking throughout like the profoundly bittersweet ending.

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