'Snow Flower and the Secret Fan' -- 2 stars

<B>PG-13; 1:40 running time</b><br><br> The film version of "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" proceeds as if willed into being by a particularly misguided "question for discussion," the kind you'd find at the tail end of a bestseller's paperback edition.
The question would go something like this. What would happen to novelist Lisa See's story of two 19th century Hunan province women and everything their friendship endures ¿ foot-binding, arranged marriages, tragic loss of children, typhoid outbreaks, political turmoil ¿ if that story were forced to share the screen with a parallel story, that of two early 21st century Shanghai women, one of whom has written the story set in the Hunan province of old? -- Michael Phillips<br><br>Read the <a href=http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/movies/sc-mov-0719-snow-flower-secret-fan-20110722,0,160796.column>full review</a>

PG-13; 1:40 running time

The film version of "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" proceeds as if willed into being by a particularly misguided "question for discussion," the kind you'd find at the tail end of a bestseller's paperback edition. The question would go something like this. What would happen to novelist Lisa See's story of two 19th century Hunan province women and everything their friendship endures ¿ foot-binding, arranged marriages, tragic loss of children, typhoid outbreaks, political turmoil ¿ if that story were forced to share the screen with a parallel story, that of two early 21st century Shanghai women, one of whom has written the story set in the Hunan province of old? -- Michael Phillips

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