Please Vote For Me

Published August 31, 2009 by Graham

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Capturing an intimate look at China’s first ever elementary school class election, Weijun Chen’s 2007 documentary Please Vote For Me is a surprisingly enthralling and emotional little film. Thankfully avoiding the easy route of superfluous historical exposition and grandiose politicizing, the film focuses not on the nation of China but on three very different children who have been thrust into an unfamiliar political framework.

While each candidate struggles for power, they exhibit familiar dark human impulses that are somehow rendered shocking in their tangibility. These are children old enough to think complex, sometimes manipulative thoughts, and yet too young to be covert about them. As a result, we’re treated to a brutally honest peek at the mechanics behind human relationships, and a portrait of childhood that’s at once adorable and disheartening.

If you have a Netflix account, Please Vote For Me is available to stream instantly for free.

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  1. sylvester fontenot says:

    this film has one of the best lines ever uttered. “if luo lei wins, he’ll torment you to death.” it might sound like an ordinary line here, but when it’s heard coming out of the mouth of a 3rd grader and directed at his political rival while the votes are being counted, it’s truly magical.

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