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山河故人 | Shan he gu ren

Jia Zhangke China, 2015

OFF_FRAME's rating of the film Mountains May Depart

A brave effort and a terrible mess. Trying to age actors over a lifetime is always tricky but it's the lack of character development with Tao Zhao that shows the first crack. By the time we arrive in futuristic Australia everything falls apart with caricature and melodrama. 2.5 stars