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  1. ApexCactus's rating of the film Winter Vacation

    Am I watching the apocalypse? Winter Vacation is a mix of weird humor, boredom, and social philosophy, the characters that inhabit this world seem to be dead inside, and they talk like they are, yet, their insights of the world are often too advance for kids their age. This film is a very strange combination of styles, to say the least.

  2. dionysus67's rating of the film Winter Vacation

    Set within spartan domestic and public mileux teenageers and adults engage in aphasic dialogues. The expressionless suspension of 'performance' underscored by emotional 'alienation-effects' gives prepondrance to pauses and empty looks only to highlight the cacophony of the overarching institutional framework. Better in the exterior shots than in the close ups or the interior ones, this is wry and gritty.

  3. Pater Ecstaticus's rating of the film Winter Vacation

  4. DrFirestone's rating of the film Winter Vacation

    Truly subtle, reserved filmmaking - and that manifests in the mood, setting, and especially the humour, which is dry, bordering on absurd and almost surreal at times. The film revolves around the social and political reality of modern China and gives us a brief glimpse of life in a small, remote Chinese town. Lovely static shots with careful framing. Intriguing use of music, the final scene is daring (nice song too).

  5. satoshi's rating of the film Winter Vacation

  6. joao.crepschi's rating of the film Winter Vacation

    Sobre o tédio chinês em todos os seus quadrantes. Uma educação que só o exacerba. Linda fotografia.

  7. Tao Takashi's rating of the film Winter Vacation

  8. vxpl's rating of the film Winter Vacation

    this is what nightmares are made of!

  9. Royce Jr.'s rating of the film Winter Vacation

    Nihilism, long takes, dry humour, dull n depressed corner of the world, bored youth, artist-A-esque, artist-B-esque. Sounds good but none of these works

  10. Juan's rating of the film Winter Vacation

    Si el director se propuso representar el tedio (y pienso que así es) la película es una gran obra de arte cinematográfico. No recomiendo que la vean si es noche y están somnolientos.

  11. Pegarange's rating of the film Winter Vacation

    Lazy existentialism with Chinese characteristics. A pleasant and enchanting film about winter melancholy and the hopeless monotony of everyday life.

  12. ejonline's rating of the film Winter Vacation

    This was as bleak as advertised, but with less humor than I expected. A post-industrial landscape mixed with a rural feeling, a city devoid of people, and winter's cold presented in the form of lots of long, static shots. At times I was right there with the characters, at other times I was hoping the film would speed up and get on with it. But that's the point. There is no speeding up and you're stuck there, too.

  13. G.'s rating of the film Winter Vacation

    Why does Chinese film even try?

  14. Jason's rating of the film Winter Vacation

    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.

  15. Erik F.'s rating of the film Winter Vacation

  16. Eric Rucker's rating of the film Winter Vacation

    Like an early Charlie Brown series of daily strips. So happy to have seen this, Thank you, Mubi! Yet another reason I am here. Fun to see JP Sniadecki in the credits as one of the editors. Great music!

  17. David R Williams's rating of the film Winter Vacation

    Boring characters doing boring things in a boring place. None of that is necessarily a bad thing, but here it is.

  18. Raincat's rating of the film Winter Vacation

    Renew my thoughts about movies. Arts express the empty of life by those deadpan and funny words.

  19. Karin Chien's rating of the film Winter Vacation

    Absolutely brilliant. Hilarious. Absurd. One of my favorite films of the past decade.

  20. Noli Manaig's rating of the film Winter Vacation

    As deadpan as Kaurismaki's films, it depicts anomie gnawing at the heart of a wintry ghost town in mainland China. Although po-faced, the dialogue drips with absurd and risible humor. One child wishes to be "an orphan" when he grows up. Another complains of having "insomnia." The grown-ups set the tone however with all sorts of infantilisms. The cold winter mirrors the mood of the neglected margins.

  21. Loz Loory's rating of the film Winter Vacation

    Brutal depiction of futility. Love the cabbage scene.

  22. Slappy McGee's rating of the film Winter Vacation

    (1.5 stars) There's a different between dry humor and Sahara Desert Dry No Humor. This film is ridiculously slow and so dead pan that it is just... well... dead. I found the lack of story and lack of ANYTHING going on completely without merit, focus or interest. Moving on...

  23. Stian Gledje Bekkvik's rating of the film Winter Vacation

  24. Korial's rating of the film Winter Vacation

    oh, the irony oh, the social critique

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