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Coming Home, sensitive recall of a dismal past

AN unspeakable sadness hangs over almost every scene in Coming Home, a movie with a theme - the Cultural Revolution and its tragic aftermath - that resonates powerfully among the many millions whose lives were affected in some way by it. Directed by Zhang Yimou and based on a novel by Yan Geling, the movie follows a family struggling to overcome adversity by rebuilding the past - brick by solitary brick.

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