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Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) Reviews

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February 5, 2019
The movie would actually be much improved with some very heavy, very skilled editing.
Full Review | Original Score: D
February 7, 2016
It's the fleshed-out first segment that best presents characters with actual lives, as compared to the thinly veiled talking points of the film's second half.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 10, 2016
Jia's still clearly an immense talent, but there's still much about his oeuvre that doesn't quite work.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 3, 2016
Impressive production values but muddled impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 10, 2016
Jia's plot itself can look like a series of arbitrary choices whose only purpose is to convey the director's allegorical intentions.
February 11, 2016
The film's sometimes brilliant pieces cannot rescue the vehicle. Some parts, but not the sum of those parts, are better than the whole.
February 11, 2016
If Jia Zhang-ke's latest feature was one of 2015's biggest disappointments, it's simply because two-thirds of it are so good, making the misjudged final chapter all the more bathetic.
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
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-
August 27, 2018
A tragically effective portrait of what's happening to a country and a huge achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
August 21, 2017
[Director Jia Zhangke] has an instinctive feel for China's shifting rural and urban landscape. . . He is superb at catching the changing moods of his country in poetic, frequently wordless, and often absurd images.
July 14, 2017
The title suggests a sadder undertone of loss and loneliness, and it appears just as we're about to witness the profound consequences of one youthful decision.
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
June 1, 2016
A bigger than life drama, and while we're at it, China too. [Full review in Spanish]
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]
April 5, 2016
That country's great History takes shape with every person's little story, represented through them as if they were transparent. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 13, 2016
Jia's larger narrative of modern-day China is mesmerizing, its ambitious 25-year stretch punctuated by abrupt, astonishing moments of insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 21, 2016
A movie about the bigger picture through small and intimate tales. [Full review in Spanish]
June 21, 2016
Fans of the director will appreciate more than I did his tale of China's transformation in recent years. [Full review in Spanish]
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