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 aftermath of national communism.
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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
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.
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.
Depressingly austere with fleeting moments of subtly absurd humour. Definitely seems to capture a certain mood, although perhaps at the expense of plot and character development. Enjoyable in its unsettling silences punctuated by brief flashes of humanity, although quite challenging to watch overall.
The pacing of the film, its cutting yet subversive wit, the camera frames, the surreal moments with the perfect ending. Oh and that young boy who brings all the disparate episodes together. A director to follow.