Suzhou River (2000)
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Recalling both Vertigo (1958) and Chungking Express (1994), Chinese director Lou Ye spins this riveting tale of obsession and love. The film opens with shots of the Suzhou River, which is clogged with the detritus and pollution of a rapidly expanding Shanghai. Narrated by an unseen freelance videographer, the film focuses on motorcycle courier Mardar (Jia Hongsheng), who specializes in black marketeering and is asked by a shady alcohol smuggler to shuttle his young attractive daughter Moudan
Nov 8, 2000 Limited
Oct 23, 2001
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The showy jump cuts and off-kilter close-ups belie an extremely well edited, even supple, piece of work.
This atmospheric film, even with its self-conscious style, is a show of major talent by Lou.
Lou Ye lays out a ravishing wasteland of femmes fatales and lovelorn tough guys -- all in 79 minutes.
An assured exercise in high cinematic style, it references a variety of films and filmmakers -- Alfred Hitchcock not the least of them -- but what it is preeminently is alive and dynamic.
Offers impeccable attitude and captivating atmosphere, but little emotional or intellectual impact.
The ambiguity of its story and its lush, painterly images give the film a dreamlike quality, but it taps deep into the soul of genuine, soul-aching romantic longing.
Gorgeous, enigmatic movie that probably adds up to very little, but Ye is a tantalizing imagemaker.
An appealing little show-off of a movie by a young first-timer practicing his licks.
Its visual style is gritty... and yet there is also a sense of the fantastical and of an achingly lush romanticism.
Needlessly incoherent, and not much fun.
The first half of this movie is an obvious imitation of Vertigo - right down to the adapted Bernard Herrmann music - but it always feels fresh and original in spirit.
A strangely obessive love tale from the 35-year-old Chinese director Ye Lou.
A strong but gentle film about identity, neediness, and desire, as well as our ability to re-invent the world to suit ourselves.
A seductive and atmospheric conundrum that works pleasingly as an exercise in storytelling.
Suzhou River believes in romance as an actual emotional event, not just as an excuse for a movie.
It dovetails to a conclusion that defeats its intriguing qualities by smacking of self-conscious cleverness and over-construction.
Tells its own tragic love story against a very different backdrop from Hitchcock's San Francisco, but explicit references to Vertigo make the film all the more resonant.
I walked out of the theatre in a delightful daze, wondering both where Ye Lou came from and how he happened to make one of the year's best films.
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