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Yi ge dou bu neng shao (1999)
Yimou Zhang (director) / Xiangsheng Shi (screenplay)

A 13 year-old-girl is given the job of being the teacher for a remote Chinese village for one month and promised extra pay if she does not lose a single student. When one student's mother becomes ill, forcing him to drop out of school, she and the class together focus their attention on getting him back. During one scene, the mayor walks by during her math lesson and is impressed by how diligently they are working on a problem of calculating how many days of work it would take carrying bricks at the local factory to raise enough money to travel to the city, not realizing that this is a practical problem for them and not just an abstract exercise.

(Thanks to Octavio Agustin for suggesting that this film be added to the list.)

Contributed by Octavio Agustin

I recommend you this movie a lot, the mathematical part spans a good amount of it.

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