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Bei xi mo shou

Zhao Liang China, 2015

Matthew Martens's rating of the film Behemoth

We have met the monster, and you know the rest. Of course you do. A film like Behemoth isn't an intellectual enterprise--its now evocative, now overwrought Dante allusions notwithstanding. It is above all a sensory experience, a hypnotic, grueling, deeply empathetic immersion in other lives, or at least other bodies, being rather chilled and abstract in relation to the psychic lives we assume go on within them.