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The Wild Goose Lake

Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui | 南方车站的聚会

Directed by Diao Yi'nan
China, France, 2019


In the Chinese city of Wuhan, a network of lakes provide ideal places to hide, and when transgressive mid-level crime boss Zhou needs to lay low, he looks for anonymity amidst the neon-lit hangouts. There he meets sex worker Liu, who works for Zhou’s boss and who may or may not be there to save him.

The Wild Goose Lake Directed by Diao Yi'nan
Like a more showily virtuosic version of his countryman Jia Zhangke (who worked with Liao in his own recent gangster thriller "Ash Is Purest White"), Diao uses the conventions of genre to illuminate a world where crime, corruption, rapid social flux and soul-crushing inequality are inextricably intertwined.
March 12, 2020
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Where the study discovered hysteria among chickens, sterility among rabbits, and cannibalism among pigs, The Wild Goose Lake offers its own insanities of mass incarceration. Going beyond the black and white nihilism of old school noir, Diao’s world is portrayed as entirely absurd, often resembling the overpopulated, labyrinthine landscapes of Orson Welles’s The Trial—only more lurid and spectacular.
October 10, 2019
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Moody and muscular, The Wild Goose Lake posits connection only in its characters’ shades of fatalistic desperation.
September 16, 2019
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What are people saying?

  • Renton47's rating of the film The Wild Goose Lake

    I may not have the most knowledgeable insight but this struck me as a finely sculpted example of noir. People, places, procedures. Each are intricately linked and the conventional plot functions in service of revealing a society where the violence of police and gangs directly impact the people who share their environment. Industries. The images are beyond beautiful, a moonlit boat ride is portrayed as mythical.

  • SonOfRambow's rating of the film The Wild Goose Lake

    This is the slickest film I've seen in while. It has everything: comedy, extreme violence, romance, dance.. and the palette is stunning. It's a masterpiece really.

  • NCMBianchi's rating of the film The Wild Goose Lake

    Visually and narratively stunning, lacks a bit on the depth of the plot (which to me hardly ever is a major ingredient in a movie, but since there's a rich layering of emotional and social elements it can be hard to enjoy them while the main character moves out of a slightly poorly built motivation). Nonetheless, the social analysis is very well depicted and the noir genre is mastered without tight ties.

  • msmichel's rating of the film The Wild Goose Lake

    Neon noir. Diao Yi'Nan's latest is a visually stunning modern gangster film that shows its influences but winds up finding its own unique visual language in telling its tale of betrayal, double dealings and survival within the framework of a manhunt. Gorgeously shot and well edited that shows the strong hand of a director attempting to breath new life into a tired genre...with strong results.

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film The Wild Goose Lake

    Beautifully shot, deeply atmospheric and splashed with creepy shadows. TWGL moves along at a decent pace, dipping between fits of explosive violence and calm poise. Everything is built around the cool yet hyper-stoic lead Zhou Zenong and his often reluctant accomplice Liu Aiai. Reminds a little of Jia Zhangke's 'A Touch of Sin' and moments of Na Hong-jin's 'The Yellow Sea', yet distinctly its own. Recommended 4 stars

  • jjk's rating of the film The Wild Goose Lake

    has some genuinely incredible moments but it’s kind of sloppily constructed, especially in comparison to black coal thin ice. favourite bit was the bj on the boat where she spits his cum into the water

  • josé neves's rating of the film The Wild Goose Lake

    Cinema. The thriller's long-lost mastery in North-American cinema is sometimes compensated by some films coming from other countries, using the genre codes only as a long distant memory, like, for instance, in France, Lucas Belvaux. And now, this unexpectedcted triumph in atmospheric thriller, a strong conceptualization of a storytelling within a political observation of a collective on the loose. Drastically.

  • Tigrão's rating of the film The Wild Goose Lake

    In "The Wild Goose Lake", there is a certain touch of Kaurismaki, in the way Yinan stages some of his scenes. There seems to be an intentional artificiality to the lighting, choreography and dialogue, that takes us away from a naturalistic and realistic cinema and more into the realm of a dream-like, perfectly edited Film Noir. But I couldn't help but find the middle of the film very loose and disjointed.

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