June 04, 2001 12:00 PM

Zhang Ziyi, Zheng Hao

When her beloved husband dies, an elderly Chinese widow insists on weaving by hand a covering for his coffin just as, many years before, she wove a red cloth to bring him good luck teaching at a newly built rural school. Weaving past and present together with just as much care, The Road Home shifts gracefully between the widow’s preparations for the funeral and her determined pursuit as an 18-year-old villager (played by Ziyi, the younger woman warrior in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) of the shy young schoolmaster who would become her spouse. (G)

Bottom Line: Home is where the heart is

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