Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • PG-13
  • 1h 45m
  • 2011
Rotten22%
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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.
© 2011 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

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London Evening Standard
Derek Malcolm
Fresh

The whole looks lush, but it doesn't deliver as it should.

June 22, 2017
Guardian
Andrew Pulver
Rotten

Here is a very self-conscious attempt to bridge the US-China divide through the medium of glossy,...

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
Paul Weedon
Rotten

Visual flourishes aren't enough to detract from a confused plot and mawkishly sentimental overtone...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Says
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
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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