Critical Acclaim for ‘Last Train Home’ – Airs 9/27 on PBS

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Last Train Home

Last Train Home
premieres Sept. 27, 2011 on POV

Read what critics have to say about the POV documentary Last Train Home, a heart-stopping journey with the Zhangs, a couple who left infant children behind for factory jobs 16 years ago, hoping their wages would lift their children to a better life.

“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. Multiplied by 130 million, it becomes a terrifying and sobering panorama of the present…”
A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Remarkable… 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


“A miniature masterpiece of documentary observation.”
Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

“Heartbreaking and humanistic in the best sense.”
Robert W. Butler, The Kansas City Star

“It’s one of those extraordinary films, like Hoop Dreams, that tells a story the makers could not possibly have anticipated in advance. It works like stunning, grieving fiction.”
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“…a documentary that’s lively as well as deep, that’s heartbreaking yet doesn’t wallow in depression.”
John Powers, NPR

“Lixin plays up the atmospheric underclass misery in service of a beautifully shot, heartbreaking vérité narrative about generation gaps and culture clashes. “
Noel Murray, AV Club

“A film that puts an achingly human face on complex philosophical issues, Last Train Home is a remarkable piece of work both in terms of its scope and the degree of access Fan has to the family. “
Todd Brown, Twitch

“Fan has an uncanny ability to capture small moments on film that convey larger truths.”
John Grassi, PopMatters

“Must see… an exceptional observational documentary…”
Eugene Hernandez, IndieWIRE

Watch Last Train Home, premiering on PBS, Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at 10 PM. (Check local listings.)

POV Staff
POV Staff
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.