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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • PG-13
  • 1h 45m
  • 2011
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From the director of The Joy Luck Club, and based on the best-selling novel, comes a timeless portrait of female friendship. Centuries ago, two “sworn sisters” are isolated by their families, but stay connected through a secret language written in the folds of a white silk fan. Now in modern-day Shanghai, their descendents must draw inspiration from the past as they struggle to maintain their own eternal bond in the face of life’s complications. What unfolds are two stories, generations apart, but everlasting in their universal notion of love, hope and friendship.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Miami Herald
Connie Ogle

The drastic alterations to Lisa See's compelling novel about the lifelong friendship between two w...

June 22, 2017
Detroit News
Tom Long

It's a coordinated, stylish dance, but the steps are awfully familiar.

June 22, 2017
Chicago Reader
Andrea Gronvall

In this lavish adaptation of Lisa See's novel, the complex chronologies of the parallel narratives...

June 22, 2017
Orlando Sentinel
Roger Moore

"Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" aims for the heartstrings and only strikes a few notes.

June 22, 2017
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Disappointing literary adaptation has some heavy themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this book-based drama set in both present-day and 19th-century China explores complicated but sustaining friendships among women. In some ways, it's an uplifting tale that teens might find interesting, but the storytelling is uneven, and some themes/plot lines -- opium addiction, persecution, pervasive repression of women -- may be too intense for younger viewers. There's some drinking and period-accurate substance abuse; one scene of a married couple having sex shows a man atop a woman, with his naked back visible.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:July 15, 2011
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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