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Jia has a gift for exposing the underside of words like 'development', 'progress' or 'revolution', abstract political or economic programs that manifest at the cost of people's physical and cultural displacement.
Ending a minor but fascinating film in Jia's provocative oeuvre, the images of these sleepers are a prelude to the other troubled dreams of China (A Touch of Sin, Mountains May Depart, Ash Is the Purest White) that he has made since.
One of Jia's directorial gifts, as he has proven in his documentary, fiction, and hybrid films, is to capture human beings in all their complexity and mystery no matter how brief their appearance before the camera.
Weaving a beautiful, dreamlike path through history, I Wish I Knew is less documentary as essay film than documentary as prose poem, its meandering reinforced by Lim Giong's delicate, melancholy score and Zhao Tao's presence...
The film works like a sort of fast-forward of the city's past over the last 75 years, and in addition to the wealth of cultural and historical detail, there are things in the film that seem to welcome contemporary political interpretation.