Zhantai (Platform) (2000)
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The political and social changes that swept China during the 1980s are reflected in the lives of a troupe of musicians in this drama from acclaimed Chinese director Jia Zhang-ke. In 1979, China is beginning to reinvent itself in the wake of the Cultural Revolution, and change is slowly but surely coming to Fenyang, a small town in the Shanxi province. The influences of the West (pop music, longer hair for men, television, privatization) and the adoption of more modern social conventions (birth
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The play of the proscenium against the filmmaker's taste for unmediated reality is fascinating.
Creates a vivid sense of what it's like to be on the remote fringes of a great state experiment.
Tells a specifically Chinese story, and yet it does so in a completely universal way.
'The Wait Seems Never-Ending,' is how the title song from Platform goes, and the 155-minute film surely tries one's patience, but the end (which does finally come) is almost worth that wait.
Pleasingly ambivalent towards the impact of historical forces on ordinary lives.
With its long, patient scenes, Jia's film captures the sleepy rhythms of this town and the confusion of these young people who are constrained by cultural forces far beyond their ken.
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