Last Train Home 

Documentary | Chinese with English subtitles | 85 minutes


For the Chinese New Year, an estimated 130 million Chinese workers travel for days on hot, unbearably crowded trains, to their rural villages to visit family. Last Train Home follows Zhang, and his wife Chen, as they make such a journey. Despite their good intentions, their daughter, Qin, is rebellious and confrontational. She resents living in poverty in the small village and seeing her parents for a few days, once a year. Angering her parents, she intends to quit school and look for work in the city. Qin is determined to be independent.   

Major Participants:
Zhang Changhua (husband) / Chen Suquin (wife) / Zhang Qin (daughter)
Why Stream This Film?
Film critic Brian Brooks called Last Train Home “a documentary masterpiece.”  
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
  • Metacritic Score: 86
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: Winner, Best Documentary
  • Directors Guild of America: Nominated, Best Director  (Lixin Fan)
  • National Society of Film Critics Award: Nominated, Best Documentary
  • Last Train Home received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score.

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Lixin Fan has visual panache – LAST TRAIN HOME has some gorgeously composed shots – but he also has something that can’t be taught: The patience and understanding to allow a family to tell their heartbreaking story in their own way.
G. Allen Johnson

San Francisco Chronicle

Director Lixin Fan’s documentary is informed by a melancholy humanism, and finds unexpected beauty in almost unbearably harsh circumstances. It tells the story of a family caught, and possibly crushed, between the past and the future – a story, that, on its own, is moving, even heartbreaking.
A.O. Scott

The New York Times

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