Return to Dust

Directed by Li Ruijun
Film Movement
133 Minutes
Drama, Asian, Romance
Asian Studies
Not Rated
DVD $150.00
Blu-ray $150.00
PPR $350.00
DRL $499.00
PPR+DRL $599.00

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Humble, unassuming Ma and timid Cao have been cast off by their families and forced into an arranged marriage. They have to combine their strength and build a home to survive. In the face of much adversity, an unexpected bond begins to blossom, as both Ma and Cao, uniting with Earth’s cycles, create a haven for themselves in which they can thrive. A story about eternal love, against the odds.

  • Highest Rating
    "Return To Dust [features] beautifully-judged performances that radiate warmth and encourage empathy. It marks Li Ruijun as a significant cinematic talent."
    Anna Smith, Deadline Hollywood
  • Highest Rating
    "This poetic tale of an arranged marriage which blossoms into a true partnership is Li’s most affecting and accessible work to date."
    John Berra, Screen Daily
  • Highest Rating
    "An unhurried but hypnotic portrait of two discards thrown together to scratch out a life as they weather the seasons."
    David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Highest Rating
    "“Return to Dust” is an absorbing, beautifully framed drama...."
    Jessica Kiang, Variety
  • Highest Rating
    "A gorgeous piece of cinema...."
    Nicholas Bell, Ion Cinema
  • Highest Rating
    "It’s an intimate drama that... moves you with its warm humanist core.... Both leads are remarkable."
    Zhuo-Ning Su, Awards Daily
  • Highest Rating
    "Wu Renlin, who stars as the farmer, shines in a deeply humane film that also deals with the conflict between rural traditions and increasing modernisation."
    James Mottram, South China Morning Post
  • Highest Rating
    "Weihua Wang’s elegant camerawork... proves irresistible. While “Return to Dust” envisions an entire country in microcosm, it also reflects how a relationship can open up the entire world...."
    Stephen Saito, The Moveable Fest
  • Highest Rating
    "It’s a tremendously graceful piece of filmmaking, with a light, compassionate touch. All the pieces come together in a richly satisfying way...."
    Oliver Johnston, The Upcoming


Awards & Recognition

Golden Bear
Berlin Int'l. Film Festival
Official Selection
Karlovy Vary Int'l. Film Festival

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