In a small village in Northern China in winter, four teenagers take every opportunity to spend their last days of vacation. In the midst of absurd exchanges, heartaches run alongside with criticism of school education and the aftermath of national communism.
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Excellent ! Merci à Mubi de diffuser un film d'art comme celui-ci. Un vrai point de vue de metteur en scène, une image magnifique, une critique punk de la société que ceux qui sont impatients ne liront sans doute pas. Félicitation aux acteurs enfants, des merveilles !
A bleakly hilarious Beckettian film of disconnection, repetition & a living towards endless generation, a kurmagati death-in-life, everyone moving in aspic, with a sole hero a little boy who runs away 'to become an orphan' (O that nastily funny nearly aphasic song that keeps breaking through!) As the final startling scene, a paean to life and yet more life, makes clear it's also slyly subversive politically
Yes, "deadpan" is the go-to descriptor. WINTER VACATION might make you think of Kaurismäki or STRANGER THAN PARADISE Jarmusch, but I would suggest the Western equivalent would be a Zellner brothers movie on Thorazine. The performers (almost Bressonian models) and filmmaking itself are lugubrious in the extreme. It's hilarious but above all totally fascinating. Humans fiercely alienated by the spaces they occupy.
Zéro étoile. Le système de placer 30 secondes de silence avant chaque réplique peut éventuellement convenir à des spectateurs sous psychotropes. Qu'une pareille arnaque a pu atterrir dans une sélection européenne, est un mystère total.
Black as coal, deadpan comedy from director Li Hongqi that certainly captures that adolescent ennui and stagnation that happens when time seems in a holding pattern. That cultural sameness of groups sitting around saying "What do you want to do?"..."I don't know what do you want to do?". Not necessarily an interesting film but certainly engaging.