EINSTEIN AND EINSTEIN Unclassified 18+
Gou Shi San
"Anchored by a strong performance from its young star, Einstein and Einstein is the kind of contemporary drama that connects because of its relevance and resonance, as well as working as a peek inside modern urban China." – Hollywood Reporter
Thirteen-year-old Li Wan (an extraordinary Zhang Xueying) is a typical teenager, with the usual teenage anxieties, with one exception: she's growing up in a country that restricts births and values boys over girls, so she's been packed off to live with her grandparents so that her father can start a new family. To cover his guilt, he gifts her a puppy named Einstein. Neglecting it at first, Li Wan eventually learns to love her pet – and learns some important life lessons in the process.
Filmmaker Cao Baoping combines bold commentary with a unique, bittersweet coming-of-age tale set within a nation torn between tradition and modernisation. As a cycle of hope and heartbreak plays out, Einstein and Einstein queries the practices of the past while looking towards a brighter future.
"A damning portrait of the brave new world of China's millennial generation." – Twitch
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