Frineds For Ever! Review “Snow Flower and the Scret Fan”



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It is a great and beautiful story of a friendship which spans over two hundred years. First we have seven year old girls Snow Flower and Lily in 19th-century Hunan China who are matched as ”laotong” which means “old sames” kind of like “soul mates”, a contract bounding them together for eternity.  Then in a parallel story in present day Shanghai we have Snow Flower and Lily’s descendants best friends Nina and Sophia who also singed the “laotong” contract. 

Both Snow Flower and Lily take part of a process of arranging Marriages in traditional ritual of having their feet bound and placed in 3 inch shoes so that they may have the chance of forming perfect feet.  The girl with perfect feet may have a higher probability of being match with a man from a wealthy family and, and a girl who does not have perfect feet will have a lower probability of being matched with a man from a wealthy family.  The match maker hired by Snow Flower and Lily’s family’s also teaches Snow Flower and Lily “Nu-Shu” a secret language written on the folds of fan so that laotong’s may communicate with each other for eternity.  Snow Flower and Lily are matched because they were born on the same day and the same month.

Nina and Sophia also share a special connection and learn the art of Nu-Shu thought by Sophia’s aunt when singing the “laotong” contract.  Sophia who is from Korea and a direct descendant of Snow Flower is tutored by Nina to learn Chinese.  Sophia’s step mother does not approve of Nina which is interesting because after Snow Flower and Lily grow up and get married, Lily’s mother in-law does not approve of Lily’s friendship with Snow Flower. Nina and Sophia effort to continue the closeness of their own childhood friendship in the face of tough careers, complicated love lives, and a relentlessly evolving Shanghai. Learning from the lessons of Snow Flower and Lily, Nina and Sophia must understand the story of their ancestral connection, hidden from them in the folds of the antique white silk fan, or risk losing their friendship forever.

Two stories unfold in two separate centuries about the everlasting notion of love, hope and friendship. We see both friendships endure love and pain but most important we see the value of a true friend ship in both timelines.
If you ever had a friend that meant the world to you, I highly recommend this film as it reminds us what friends are all about.

As a small surprise their is a cameo by the charasmiatic and talented Hugh Jackman


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