We watched the movie The Road Home this weekend. An excellent movie about life and love and tradition.

from the IMDB:

City businessman Luo Yusheng returns to his home village in North China for the funeral of his father, the village teacher. He finds his elderly mother insisting that all the traditional burial customs be observed, despite the fact that times have changed so much, and that it involves many people carrying his father’s body back to the village – the road home. As Yusheng debates the complications involved in organising such a big feat, he remembers the magical story of how his father and mother first met and got together.

I love how Yusheng comes to realize what is so special about the past and the his mother’s insistence on observing the old traditions of the past for his father’s funeral. The significance of the road and what happened in his parents courtship becomes especially poignant when you realize how infrequent marriages for love are amongst the arranged marriages of rural China. His parents marriage was a break from tradition but with the changes of modernity Yusheng sees the importance of observing the old tradition of walking the departed home.

The Road Home is available through Amazon here.