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Chinese Portrait (2019)



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From acclaimed director Wang Xiaoshuai (BEIJING BICYCLE; SO LONG, MY SON) comes a personal snapshot of contemporary China in all its diversity. Shot over the course of ten years on both film and video, the film consists of a series of carefully composed tableaus of people and environments, each one more extraordinary than the last. Pedestrians shuffle across a bustling Beijing street, steelworkers linger outside a deserted factory, tourists laugh and scamper across a crowded beach, worshipers kneel to pray in a remote village. With a painterly eye for composition, Wang captures China as he sees it, calling to a temporary halt a land in a constant state of change.


Critic Reviews for Chinese Portrait

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

"Chinese Portrait" is a great art installation, but a thoroughly unsatisfying film.

January 29, 2020 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Brimming with humanity, Wang's contemplative, minimalist approach forces us to consider the day-to-day lives of these people, and perhaps our own.

December 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Wang Xiaoshuai's latest movie works so splendidly on its own self-contained and easily divined terms you could watch it without knowing anything about the Shanghai-born director and still walk out stunned.

December 13, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Wang's snapshot shows a China that happily encompasses multitudes.

December 12, 2019 | Full Review…

A subjective and utterly revealing snapshot of the state of Wang's country.

March 19, 2019 | Full Review…

The first great film of this year, arguably, was Wang Xiaoshuai's three-hour So Long, My Son...although it is only 80 minutes long, his Chinese Portrait is equally expansive, although in a telegraphic, fragmented manner.

December 20, 2019 | Full Review…

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