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22 Ratings

A Family Tour

Zi You Xing

Directed by Ying Liang
Taiwan, Hong Kong, 2018


After directing the film, director Yang Shu has been forced to live in exile in Hong Kong. But when her mother has to undergo a serious operation, the two women plan to meet in Taiwan where Yang will be attending a film festival with her husband and son.

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A Family Tour Directed by Ying Liang
The fact that the fictional director’s predicament precisely matches Ying Liang’s real-life predicament underlines the film’s transfixing honesty and candour.
January 08, 2019
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There will be no revelation in this viewing that allows Chen and Yang to understand one another before the credits roll, but in this moment Ying gives us something better—a reminder that understanding is not a prerequisite for love.
October 02, 2018
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A compelling, beautifully nuanced study of exile and displacement, the film underscores what a difficult position politically minded independent filmmakers still occupy in China. It is one of the bravest, most informative and persuasive films I’ve ever seen on this important subject, as well as one of the most elegantly crafted of recent Chinese movies.
September 29, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • Renton47's rating of the film A Family Tour

    I am doubtful I will see anything as of its moment as this unfussy drama. I am firmly of the belief that a strong political stance on contemporary oppression can be enough to justify a film's circulation, and this bravely achieves a concise declaration on the continued attack of those critical of the Chinese Republic.

  • Yang's rating of the film A Family Tour

    A quiet, refined study of exile and separation as well as artistic purpose and integrity, interrogated through the lens of a displaced film-maker and the complicated relationship with her mother. It explores a suspension of one’s identity, a disconnection with family, and the tight ropes enforced by political repression. A film about artistic integrity and love, delivered with generous patience and distance. 4.5

  • Mihai Cristea's rating of the film A Family Tour

    The kind of movie Richard Brody praises as the best in the huge NYFF lineup. He might be right.

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