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Us and Them (2018)Us and Them (2018)

Us and Them (2018)

Romance is tested in this revealing Chinese love story

Drama, Reality, Romance

7.8

movie

China

Mandarin

Character-driven, Dramatic, Emotional

2018

Female director, Rene Liu

Andrew Tiernan, Boran Jing, Dongyu Zhou

120 min

Synopsis

Ten years ago, on a train home during the busy Spring Festival travel period, fate brings Xiaoxiao and Jianqing together. Like many young couples, they meet, fall in love, and strive to make it work, but eventually, the harsh realities of life make them drift apart. Ten years later, they run into each other again. Will they make the most of this second chance and rekindle what they once lost?

Our Take

7.8
Renee Cuisia

Us and Them follows two former lovers who reminisce and reassess their decade-long relationship over one night. They both seem to be in better places, certainly financially if anything else, but their shared wistfulness for the past threatens to prove otherwise. 

The film was an immediate hit when it was first released in China, and it’s easy to see why. With just the right balance of realism, romance, and comedy, the movie makes for a simple but deeply moving and involving watch. You can’t help but root for the exes to get back together, even though you know as well as they do how minimal the chances of that happening are.

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