Think of Sophie’s Choice in Mandarin. Oh, and with everyone involved surviving. Now you have some idea of the basis for Tangshan dadizhen (Aftershock). The epic film, made in 2010 by director Xiaogang Feng, is the heart-wrenching story of one family caught in the 1976 earthquake in Tangshan, which claimed more than a quarter million lives. Seven-year-old twins are caught under mounds of rubble. Rescuers mistakenly think that if they free one child, the other will be crushed. Their mother makes the decision to save her son and let her daughter die. Compounding the tragedy is the fact that not only does the daughter know about her mother’s choice, she survives.
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The film, part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Movies Houstonians Love series, will be introduced by Rice University’s Y. Ping Sun. 7 p.m. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit www.mfah.org. $6 to $7.
Mon., Jan. 30, 7 p.m., 2012