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The Wild Goose Lake

Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui | 南方车站的聚会

Diretto da Diao Yi'nan
Cina, Francia, 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.

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The Wild Goose Lake Diretto da 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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