Still life

Still life

DVD - 2008 | Chinese
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Coalminer Han Sanming comes from Fengyang in Shanxi to the Three Gorges town Fengjie to look for his ex-wife whom he has not seen for 16 years. The couple meet on the bank of the Yangtze River and vow to remarry. Nurse Shen Hong also comes to Fengjie from Taiyuan in Shanxi to look for her husband who has not been home for two years. The couple embrace each other and waltz under the imposing Three Gorges dam, but feel they are so apart and decide to have a divorce. The old township has been submerged, while a new town has to be built. Life persists in the Three Gorges - what should be taken up is taken up, what should be cast off is cast off.
Publisher: Canada : Distributed by Mongrel Media, c2008.
Branch Call Number: STILL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Jia, Zhangke 1970-

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smple
Aug 05, 2015

STILL LIFE takes you to Three Gorges during the dam construction that flooded the ancient valley and displaced 1,000,000 people. Director Jia Zhangke makes the viewer one of those people, feeling their experience rather than just watching. Go to the SETUP menu and click PLAY DONG to watch the entire movie about artist Liu Xiaodong that brought the film crew to Three Gorges in the first place. Extraordinary to see the place and the people through the eyes of a great filmmaker AND a great artist.

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Ron@Ottawa
May 22, 2013

This is a film by 6th generation Chinese director Jia Zhang Ke and it won a lot of praise in the international circuit. It is slow and meditative. So if you are seeking sex and violence avoid it at all costs. But if you are open-minded about foreign culture and issues faced by a people that is very different from us, this is a very relevant and well made film - one of my top films from China.

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7349aircond
Oct 19, 2011

Very earnest and revelatory portrayal of personal lives dealing with loss and reclamation in the context of a society imposing mamoth loss on a region, in effect effacing the past, in the name of progress. Those unfamiliar with contemporary China (myself included) will find fascinations abound in this film; the direction is clear minded, tender, and nuanced; many other impressions will make themselves felt upon the viewer. A draining, yet buoyant film.

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alevillamonte
Aug 02, 2011

I did not understand the movie!! I do not recommend it... Super very slow movie! Dont like it...

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