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山河故人 | Shan he gu ren

Jia Zhangke China, 2015

Neil Bahadur's rating of the film Mountains May Depart

zhangke is smarter than 90% of "directors" working today, and is willing to take enough risk so that surrealism disconcerts rather than shock and provoke. but this is a film about culture and history and it's wipeout, disguised as family melodrama. and how we need to acknowledge history so we can prevent the same sinister cycles from repeating themselves again and again