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山河故人 | Shan he gu ren

Jia Zhangke China, 2015

Jason's rating of the film Mountains May Depart

I was one of of few who, as a big Jia fan, was pretty disappointed by A Touch of Sin. I love Mountains conceptually. It is a real coup. The use of 1.33/1 in the first section is glorious. Many complain about the actors in section three. The nature of the performances strikes me as a metaphor for dislocation and confusion, foregrounding the significant gulf between the Chinese and the Western experience of the world.