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Box-office hit ‘Return to Dust’: Too authentic for Beijing

An unconventional love story between a poor farmer and a physically impaired woman: a scene from “Return to Dust”.

The fact that “Return to Dust” (隐入尘烟) would ever be shown on China’S big screens at all is already a small miracle. The heavy movie, which tells the unconventional love story between an impoverished farmer and a woman with a physical disability, has all the characteristics that scare off mainstream audiences in the People’s Republic and call the censorship authorities to action: a low budget, static camera angles and a social critique that is hard to take in.

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