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Peng Xiaolian's aptly titled feminist feature from the People's Republic of China follows the adventures of three peasant women who leave their oppressive village to sell wool in Beijing and a provincial city before returning to their ambiguous fates in the village. Peng sticks exclusively to the viewpoints of her three heroines, revealing herself to be a remarkable director of actors, and her incisive feeling for the options of her characters—both as women and as peasants—gives this melodrama a cumulative force and authority (1988).

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