Little Red Flowers (12A) <!-- none onestar twostar threestar fourstar fivestar -->

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The Independent Culture

This tale of life in a Chinese kindergarten during the 1950s celebrates the spirit of individualism - or indulges the wilfulness of children, depending on your view. Mini-tearaway Qiang (Dong Bowen) is a rebel and bedwetter who likes to twit the teachers and badmouth the headmistress - behaviour that his peers initially seem to enjoy. Director Zhang Yuan concentrates on the routine of the school - bottom-washing plays a major part - but lacks clarity in outlining his themes of social ostracism and peer conformity.