Lixin Fan establishes the big picture and widespread problem with sweeping and shocking shots of millions of people swarming the train stations, nearly trampling each other. Police use bull horns to guide the stampeding hoard, a loudspeaker blasts information about where lost parties can find each other and, when the wave of people has passed, a single child's shoe is left on the floor. One hopes the kid is safe and sound.
Chen and Zhang manage to board the train, but must then continue their journey by ferry, bus and on foot, toting heavy bags. At first, the family reunion seem grand. But their absence has caused deep tensions which soon surface -- and the documentary becomes an intimate and very moving family profile, a real life drama with elements that will haunt you.
Last Train Home engages you with one family's story, while informing you about a pervasive social and economic problem faced by millions of Chinese families. The cinematography is beautiful, the story and characters are compelling.
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- Title: Last Train Home
- Director: Lixin Fan
- Release Date: US Theatrical, September 3, 2010
- Running Time: 85 mins.
- Parents Advisory: Advisory for content
- Location: China
- Language: Mandarin, with English subtitles
- Production Company: Canada Council For The Arts
- Distribution: Zeitgeist Films
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