There are, as always, questions to be raised about that approach, but Zhao avoids exploitation. “I don’t think that artistic works can change society,” he told The New York Times. “They are very weak.” He said he has moved toward making movies for himself, rather than out of a sense of social responsibility. And yet, with this movie, Zhao has given us the kind of illuminating art the issue deserves. He opts to reveal and persuade where others deign to preach.
K. Austin Collins
August 01, 2017