If the globalized age moves towards dispersion, the film performs the opposit movement towards synthesis. The result, laid in it's pictoric nature, is nothing less than the contemporary state of human presence.
A pure cinematic experience with psychedelic sensory delights.
I got a sense of the temporality and insignificance of your story in the world. We're so small within the whole and trying to break from its harmony is contradictory. The film ends with what seems like humans vanishing, then becoming stars/meteor stream, but even these lights go out. What is our time on this earth in relation to a galaxy burning out?
Jihlava '18 Whereas it's said that a work of art is never finished, just abandoned, here the adage pertains to what faces the camera, its volatile and constantly redrawn spacial physiognomy. Though not directly about China with its tremendous, oft reckless landscape and urban reshapes, it's arguable if the film's ethereal, layered texture of chronic(led) dissolution and dismantling could point more adeptly elsewhere.
Films like this are why I love MUBI, & why the major decline in quality of curation here is so upsetting to me. My lament/cri de couer (French!) in my review of Zombies applies here too, but in terms of aesthetic/formal diversity being ghettoized to shorts. The user reviews foreground the need for helpful texts to support learning, in the face of a general lack of familiarity with conceptual & formal issues in film.