Last Train Home (2009)

Last Train Home (2009)

Released: 2009
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Genre
Director: Lixin Fan
Starring: Suqin Chen, Yang Zhang, Changhua Zhang, ,
Run time: 85 min
IMDb: 7.7/10
Country: Canada
Views: 27820


Husband and wife Changhua Zhang and Suqin Chen are among 130 million migrant Chinese workers, most, like them, who have left children behind in the village for elders to care of, and who only see their family once a year when they head home for the biggest holiday of the year, Lunar New Year. In 2006, they will have been away from their village for sixteen years, they starting this life when their only child at the time, daughter Qin Zhang, was one year old, she raised by Suqin’s parents, her father having since passed. Three years in their collective lives from 2006 to 2009 are told, largely centered on those annual trips home, and the parents’ relationship with their two children, which also now includes adolescent son Yang Zhang, who they don’t really know in only seeing them once a year. Changhua and Suqin’s goal in choosing this life was to get the family out of poverty, they living to work – in a clothing sweat shop – sending money home so that Qin and Yang will stay in school …
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User Reviews: There is a brief scene in this semi-documentary where one of the workers working on an immense pile of blue jeans for import to the U.S. laughs at the enormous waistline–a 40! He comments that only in America are there enough people who could fill so many of those jeans; I was in Costco two days later, and one of those folks was behind me in line , cart crammed with huge portions of food, loudly complaining because the line wasn’t moving fast enough for her. I wanted give her a copy of this tender, sad, revealing true story about people waiting in line, sometimes in the rain, for five days just to catch a train for their once a year vacation, usually to visit children they have left behind so that can earn enough money for the kids to live well and educate themselves and move ahead. Even with the mountain of personal and financial problems the family shares, their essential humanity shines through, and as with families all over the planet, they just want things to be better for their children. This is a penetrating and thoughtful film about a nation that doesn’t know how to handle its sudden growth and power, and is about the results of such power that often impact the victims of the system

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