Last Train Home – Review

Posted January 23, 2010 in
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Last Train Home

Sundance Film Festival

Director: Lixin Fan

Every year in China over 130 million migrant workers leave their factory jobs in large cities to travel home and reunite with their families for Chinese New Year. For many, it is the only time they will see their family for the entire year. To demonstrate this plight of the Chinese laborer, Lixin Fin chose to focus on the story of a single family, The Zhangs. Both parents left their rural home to work in the city when their oldest daughter was only an infant. Grandparents were left to raise the children, who inevitably feel somewhat abandoned by their parents. Although the cinematography of Last Train Home is beautifully crafted and the issues examined are newer to American audiences, the plot is a little dull and repetitive. Ultimately, this is one story that might have been better told as a two-page article instead of an 87-minute documentary. –Jeanette D. Moses

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Screenings:

January 23 – 12:00 PM – Screening Room, Sundance, UT

January 23 – 9:00 PM – Yarrow Hotel, Park City, UT

January 26 – 8:30 AM – Prospector Square Theatre, Park City, UT

January 28 – 3:00 PM – Holiday Village Cinema IV, Park City, UT

January 30 – 4:30 PM – Broadway Centre Cinemas, Salt Lake City, UT