Road Home, The

MPAA Rating: G

Entertainment: +3

Content: +4

The love and long life together that a married couple shares can often begin in the most unique of ways. Such is the case with Di (Zhao Yuelin), now elderly, who mourns the recent death of her husband. During her time of mourning, her son recounts the legendary story of the attraction between a young Di (Zhang Ziyi) and the new teacher in her village, Changyu (Zheng Hao). Upon coming to the town, the new teacher receives the honor of eating in the homes of every villager during his stay there. However, while his meal with Di’s family comes nearly a month into his stay, she notices him immediately after he gets to town. For the relationship to make it though, the young people must overcome Changyu’s lengthy absence from the village and other opposition within the village. THE ROAD HOME is a delightful story of love and the beauty of a blossoming relationship. The story is first-rate, and Ziyi portrays a wonderful character in Di. With this being her first feature film (although her more well-known work CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON was released first here in the U.S.), Ziyi shows a wealth of acting range and talent. Here’s hoping that the English subtitles and limited release won’t keep people from seeing this thoroughly enjoyable film.

With its setting in a remote Chinese village some forty or fifty years ago, the people of the town are very traditional when it comes to love and romance. When Di shows an interest in Changyu it is the first time in the village that they have had to consider two people falling in love outside the structure of an arranged marriage. While this may sound like two young upstarts bucking tradition, it is instead an event that the village comes to cherish even up to the present day. In fact, the story of their romance has become one of the great legendary stories in the history of the village. It is also touching to see the present day Di, now mourning her husband, reminisce about him and do her best to honor his memory. Another refreshing element of the film is that the budding relationship does not in any way involve sex. In stark contrast to most films today, THE ROAD HOME instead focuses on other elements and ends up showing the great desire the couple has to be with one another, despite not having already jumped into bed together. The film also lacks any other objectionable content, with no violence or foul language to speak of. With this in mind, Preview is happy to recommend that you find your way out to THE ROAD HOME.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: None

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: Man spoken about as being in heaven and looking down on his family

Running Time: 100 minute
Intended Audience: Adults

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