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Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) Reviews

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August 23, 2019
With two very simple but quite beautiful sequences, Zhang-ke reflects on the ephemeral nature of the human questions. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 4, 2019
Captures a sense of melancholy about a nation for whom rapid change has created a loss of identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 31, 2019
The often maligned final act, where Jia directs for the first time in English (prepare for wooden acting and bad dialogue), certainly has its faults, but Jia's power at filtering such a complex issue through a moving personal story triumphs in the end.
May 3, 2019
Finding powerful drama in simple human relationships, Zhangke has produced a touching tale of China yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 12, 2019
An alternately rapturous and ponderous story of Chinese tradition resisting the eraser of progress.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 5, 2019
The movie would actually be much improved with some very heavy, very skilled editing.
Full Review | Original Score: D
January 2, 2019
The film is at its best when depicting the sheer estrangement between generations within the modern Chinese family.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 3, 2018
Despite the film's focus on yearning and separation, it expresses a belief that all aspects of Chinese life can be aligned yet again, like a perfect dance routine choreographed to the right song.
August 27, 2018
A tragically effective portrait of what's happening to a country and a huge achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 14, 2018
"Mountains May Depart" is definitely one of [director Jia Zhang-ke's] minor films, although even they are more successful than most directors' best work.
January 3, 2018
Jia and Yu have, unsurprisingly, made a movie of taciturn eloquence, always sure-footed in negotiating its discursive narrative construction, even as it sometimes wobbles at the level of performance.
December 26, 2017
Mountains May Depart is an affecting and ambitious tale of social upheaval in modern day China.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 22, 2017
Jia remains a major filmmaker, and this film is never less than bold and ambitious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 18, 2017
This is an extraordinarily beautiful film with lush, occasionally radical cinematography from Nelson Lik-wai Yu, profound things to say about the immigrant experience and a commanding performance from Zhao Tao.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 17, 2017
This social drama is realistic and absorbing, but then Jia again leaps through time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 17, 2017
An intriguing, imperfect beast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 15, 2017
Jia Zhangke's Mountains May Depart might best be described as an intimate epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 15, 2017
Mostly a piercing study of haves and have nots ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 14, 2017
[Mountains May Depart] is another ambitious and elegiac portrait of societal change and fading Chinese values.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 14, 2017
A breathtaking performance by Zhao Tao.
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