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773 Ratings

MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART

山河故人 | Shan he gu ren

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Directed by Jia Zhangke
China, France, 2015
Drama
      Mandarin
      English

Synopsis

Fenyang, 1991: Shen Tao, a dance instructor, has two suitors, choosing Zheng, an entrepreneur-to-be, with a note of regret. 15 years later, the couple’s son, Dollar, visits his now-estranged mother. By 2025, lives Dollar in Australia, forgetting both his native country and mother.

Our take

The films of Sixth Generation auteur Jia Zhangke are history-spanning, masterful delights. Mountains May Depart’s story is set in the past, present, and future—each in a different aspect ratio. This makes for a rivetingly modern Chinese melodrama guided by the star-like presence of actress Zhao Tao.

Synopsis

Fenyang, 1991: Shen Tao, a dance instructor, has two suitors, choosing Zheng, an entrepreneur-to-be, with a note of regret. 15 years later, the couple’s son, Dollar, visits his now-estranged mother. By 2025, lives Dollar in Australia, forgetting both his native country and mother.

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Mountains May DepartDirected byJia Zhangke
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Awards & Festivals

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Cannes Film Festival
2015 | Winner: Palme de Whiskers
San Sebastián International Film Festival
2015 | Winner: Best European Film (Audience Award)

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