They call it “the Chinese Cinema Paradiso,” and in a way, that’s all you need to know. Electric Shadows tells of two kids growing up during the Cultural Revolution, watching outdoor movies and hanging around the projectionist’s booth. Their scenes are well-handled and sweet, and the little girl’s mother is a lot easier on the eyes than Philippe Noiret. Electric Shadows is moving if you’re in the mood,  a tad sentimental if you’re not–but you could do a whole lot worse than hang out with these kids for a couple hours.

Meng ying tong nian. Xiao Jiang, 2004. ***

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