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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