Term Paper: Movie Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl

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Movie "Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl"

Xiu-Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl

Joan Chen's Xiu-Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl is a moving love story that takes place during China's cultural revolution. Wen Xiu, or Xiu is sent to the countryside in a cultural movement to learn from Lao Jin to care for horses, and though she is told that she will only be there for six months, it becomes clear that she will not be leaving again. As her time there progresses, Lao Jin develops a deep love for Xiu, but he is unable to fulfill this love for her because he has been intimately wounded in the wars with Tibet. It is probably for the best that Lao Jin is unable to fulfill this love for Xiu physically because, not only has Xiu been raped and abused by many men throughout this film, but it seems that Xiu feels for Lao Jin more like a father figure than as a lover.

There are several places where we see the affection that Lao Jin has for Xiu. First, during the scene where the second visitor has come to Xiu, we alternately see Xiu being brutally taken advantage of, and at the same time in a different place, Lao Jin is collecting eggs. Lao Jin plans on bringing these eggs home to Xiu and the scene set in contrast to the scene in the tent turns the simple, every day act into something tender. The symbolism of the eggs, the pure white objects in the filth and dirt of a nest, also could represent the purity of Lao Jin's love.

The main place where we see Lao Jin's love for Xiu is when he makes the bathtub for Xiu. Since Lao Jin is a rustic man, bathing is not a priority for him, so he doesn't understand Xiu Xiu's desire for cleanliness at first. He eventually begins to understand that the water is used not only as an attempt to wash her clean physically, but also to wash her clean spiritually as well. As Xiu is continuously violated, her desire to be clean becomes almost an obsession, and Lao Jin is sucked into this desire as well. Since Lao Jin is unable to satisfy her, or himself to legitimize his love for her, he attempts to redeem her by providing something so completely foreign to him, but dear to her:… [END OF PREVIEW]

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