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山河故人 | Shan he gu ren

Jia Zhangke China, 2015

josé neves's rating of the film Mountains May Depart

The beauty of the characters' framings in the urban and industrial landscapes of China (something that Zhangke has already done superlatively), is determined by an expositional story of loving losses that loses a lot with the third part, of a trivial dramaticity and formality (despite the screen's enlargement and an idea of memory as a remaining echo). This way, the possibilities of a bigger melo+drama are reduced.