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2.6
28 Ratings

The Hedonists

营生 | Ying Sheng

Directed by Jia Zhangke
China, 2016
Short, Comedy

Synopsis

In China, three unemployed Shanxi laborers are looking for work. Their last hope is to be employed as performers in a surreal amusement park.

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The Hedonists Directed by Jia Zhangke
Shooting almost entirely from a drone, Jia dabbles in Scorsese-esque tracking shots in interiors and in exteriors in the long, observational takes similar to those in his early films, except that they gradually take to the air. While such a technique could easily prove indulgent, the unexpected turns and flights, as well as the accompanying music cues, are as exhilarating as anything Jia has ever done, and provide ample reason to believe he will keep pushing himself.
September 30, 2016
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Jia Zhangke’s twenty-five-minute “The Hedonists” is a featurette—a large-scale, wildly derisive, Chaplinesque vision of China’s economic and political woes… Jia daringly links China’s current regime to the country’s harsh feudal dynasties.
September 23, 2016
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The Hedonists is this elegant director in comic mode, believe it or not. The 26-minute short is a wicked satire… Jia treats each firing as dryly ironic rather than tragic, and like some silent comedy the three decide to team up to apply for different jobs.
September 19, 2016
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