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Si ling hun

Wang Bing Prancis, 2018

Duncan Gray's rating of the film Dead Souls

Of our major documentarians, Wang is the most uninterested in using hooky stylistic techniques, opting instead for a dedication to bearing witness with purity. This one is heavy lifting, and I spent much of it fearing that Wang was using an extreme duration for volume rather than scope. But the interviews he saves for last make it hurt even more. And his approach to atrocity is not as a firebrand, but a humanist.