Director Wang Xiaoshuai's 11 Flowers
takes place in Southwest China circa 1975 -- one year prior to the deaths of Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai, and the collapse of the oppressive "Cultural Revolution." The main character, Wang Han (Liu Wenquing), is an 11-year-old boy coming of age in rural Southwest China, and teetering on the edge of adolescence. He and his younger sister belong to a "sent-down" family, having been federally relocated from an urban area to a shoddy riverside town along with their parents. The father (Wang Jinchun) is an actor forced to labor in a factory while the mother (Yan Ni) tends house. Given the political tyranny that st...