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bunk, whose thin scrim of pri­vacy comes in the form of a thread­bare sheet. It shows life in­side the gar­ment fac­tory, with the in­sane te­dium of stitch­ing clothes all day and the gal­lows hu­mor of its work­ers. Siz­ing up a pair of big-and­tall denim jeans, one worker jeers and laughs, ask­ing his co-work­ers, “Ever see a Chi­nese with a 40-inch waist­line?”

Nearly half of the movie takes place in Sichuan prov­ince, where Zhang and Chen’s kids are raised by their grand­mother. Here we see the real star of this film, Qin — the cou­ple’s re­bel­lious teenage daugh­ter. Raised on MTV and in­di­vid­u­al­ism, a prod­uct of China’s one-child pol­icy, Qin pro­foundly dif­fers from her par­ents in her view of the world and of their sac­ri­fices. We watch her as she chops veg­eta­bles and spites her par­ents while pray­ing at the grave of her grand­fa­ther. As a 17-year-old, she drops out of school in ru­ral Sichuan to find work in a fac­tory like her par­ents. Un­like her mother and fa­ther, who squir­rel away ev­ery yuan they make, Qin loves noth­ing more than to hit the mall with her friends and buy the lat­est, dis­pos­able fash­ions. In one touch­ing scene, her friends greed­ily run their hands along some glit­ter-en­crusted jeans and ask, “Do you think they make

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