Last Train Home

Last Train Home

Published in:04 12 2023

The Confucius Institute is organising its monthly Chinese Cinema Cycle in partnership with the Cercle Cité. This is a unique opportunity to discover Chinese films and documentaries (with English and/or French subtitles). The Confucius Institute worked with the Allers-Retours Association to select the films. Come along on Thursday 14 December 2023 from 17:30 (start at 18:00) for the screening of the film “Last Train Home” (English subtitles).
Venue: Cercle Cité, 2 rue Genistre, Luxembourg City (Henri Beck auditorium – 5th floor)
Free and open to all, registration required: or (+352) 4666444964

L’Institut Confucius organise, en partenariat avec le Cercle Cité, son Cycle Cinéma Chinois mensuel. Une occasion unique de découvrir des films et documentaires chinois (sous-titres en anglais et/ou français). Pour la sélection des films, l’Institut Confucius a travaillé avec l’association Allers-Retours. Rendez-vous le jeudi 14 décembre 2023 à partir de 17h30 (début de la séance à 18h) pour la projection du film “Last Train Home” (sous-titres en anglais).
Lieu : Cercle Cité, 2 rue Genistre, Luxembourg Ville (auditorium Henri Beck – 5ème étage)
Gratuit et ouvert à tous, inscription obligatoire : ou (+352) 4666444964

Last Train Home 归途列车
Film de Fan Lixin 范立欣
2009 / 85’ / Documentaire-Drame / Canadien, Chinois / sous-titres anglais

Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos, as all at once, a tidal wave of humanity attempts to return home by train. It is the Chinese New Year. The wave is made up of millions of migrant factory workers. The homes they seek are the rural villages and families they left behind to seek work in the booming coastal cities. It is an epic spectacle that tells us much about China, a country discarding traditional ways as it hurtles towards modernity and global economic dominance.

Last Train Home, an emotionally engaging and visually beautiful debut film from Chinese-Canadian director Lixin Fan, draws us into the fractured lives of a single migrant family caught up in this desperate annual migration. Sixteen years ago, the Zhangs abandoned their young children to find work in the city, consoled by the hope that their wages would lift their children into a better life. But in a bitter irony, the Zhangs’ hopes for the future are undone by their very absence. Qin, the child they left behind, has grown into adolescence crippled by a sense of abandonment. In an act of teenage rebellion, she drops out of school. She too will become a migrant worker. The decision is a heartbreaking blow for the parents. In classic cinema verité style, Last Train Home follows the Zhangs’ attempts to change their daughter’s course and repair their ruptured family. Intimate and candid, the film paints a human portrait of the dramatic changes sweeping China. We identify with the Zhangs as they navigate through the stark and difficult choices of a society caught between old ways and new realities. Can they get ahead and still undo some of the damage that has been done to their family?

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