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310 Ratings


Bei xi mo shou

Directed by Zhao Liang
China, France, 2015


Beginning with a mining explosion in Mongolia and ending in a ghost city west of Beijing, political documentarian Zhao Liang details the social and ecological devastation behind an economic miracle that may yet prove illusory. A journey through hell exploring the bestiality of civilisation.

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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.
August 01, 2017
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March 10, 2017
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At the movies, it’s Dump Month, which stretches into February: no film with award aspirations will open until the end of winter. But there are exceptions in this dominion of crap, including Behemoth, a lyrical documentary by the Chinese director Zhao Liang.
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