Return to DustPG

Directed by Li Ruijun | China | 2022 | 2h 14m | Mandarin Chinese w/ English subtitles | Starring Renlin Wu, Hai-Qing, Guangrui Yang, Dengping Zhao

In rural China, two middle-aged singletons are cast off by their families and forced into an arranged marriage. What seems at first like an odd and doomed relationship gradually blossoms into a tender companionship as they both build a home together. While navigating topics such as the exploitation of farm workers and forced urbanisation, Li Ruijun’s hypnotic drama is also a poetic and humane portrait of unlikely love.

Reviews

‘It’s a gorgeous, quietly affecting film that finds an unassuming beauty in this simple life in rural China, but which doesn’t shy away from the extreme hardships faced by the very poorest.’ 
★★★★
Wendy Ide, The Observer

‘Return to Dust is many things — a vivid portrait of China’s hardscrabble rural north-west, an unexpected victim of state censorship — but it is first and last a love story.’
★★★★
Danny Leigh, The FT

Book tickets

Wednesday 30 November

6.00pmBook tickets

What else is on?

Today (Wednesday 30th November)

18:00

Return to Dust PG
2h 14m | Mandarin Chinese w/ English subtitles
Moving and deeply humane Chinese drama about unlikely love, following the lives of two middle-aged singletons thrown into an arranged marriage beginning a new life together and building a home.

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21:00

Living 12A
1h 42m
Bill Nighy delivers a master-class performance as a cheerless veteran of the civil service who receives unexpected life-changing news, based on Akira Kurosawa's 1952 masterpiece, Ikuru.

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Tomorrow (Thursday 1st December)

12:30

Living 12A
Baby Club
1h 42m
Bill Nighy delivers a master-class performance as a cheerless veteran of the civil service who receives unexpected life-changing news, based on Akira Kurosawa's 1952 masterpiece, Ikuru.

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16:00

Living 12A
1h 42m
Bill Nighy delivers a master-class performance as a cheerless veteran of the civil service who receives unexpected life-changing news, based on Akira Kurosawa's 1952 masterpiece, Ikuru.

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18:15

No Bears 12A
1h 47m | Persian w/ English subtitles
Recently sentenced to six years imprisonment for supporting public protests, award-winning director Jafar Panahi continues to defy those who try to silence him by using film as a medium to decry artistic censorship in Iran.

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20:45

Living 12A
1h 42m
Bill Nighy delivers a master-class performance as a cheerless veteran of the civil service who receives unexpected life-changing news, based on Akira Kurosawa's 1952 masterpiece, Ikuru.

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Plan your visit

Our beautiful art deco inspired auditorium can be found just off East Oxford's Cowley Road. We are open 7 days a week. We open the cinema and box office 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of each film, and the Box Office then closes 10 minutes after the film starts. We don’t show adverts, just a couple of trailers, so don't be late as the film itself starts very close to the advertised time!