An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) (2018)

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Under the gloomy sky of a small town in northern China, different protagonists' lives are intertwined in this furious tale of nihilistic rage. While protecting his friend from a dangerous school bully, 16-year-old WEI Bu pushes the tormentor down a staircase. WEI escapes the scene and later learns that the bully is hospitalized and gravely injured. WEI's neighbor, the 60-year-old WANG Jin, is estranged from his family and, with nothing to lose, decides to join him. Later the pair is joined by HUANG Ling, WEI's classmate. She is bedeviled by a destructive affair with a married school official. Together, this unlikely and desperate trio, decide their only hope is to flee as the bully's gangster brother, enraged parents, and vindictive school authorities embark on a cold-blooded hunt for WEI across town. As WEI threads his way through the urban wilderness, he begins to come to terms with his own lost life. In the end, he boards a long-distance bus with HUANG and WANG toward a city in Manchuria, where it is a rumored that a circus elephant is said to be sitting still, seemingly oblivious to pain and tribulations of the world at large.

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Critic Reviews for An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo)

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Long and slow, this melancholy Chinese drama offers a bleak but poignant view of life on China's margins.

Dec 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Long and a bit unwieldy, and self-consciously philosophical in parts, yes, but Hu's first (and sadly last) feature weaves together its narrative threads clearly and sturdily.

Feb 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite its grey, flat light and general melancholy punctured by menace, An Elephant Sitting Still is, by the end considerably more optimistic than it first appears about humanity.

Jan 14, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The genius of the film is the grasp of its narrative. We are held by these grim games of fate, some genuinely life-or-death.

Dec 17, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The camera is mesmerising and frequently in motion, Steadicam trailing and circling the characters closely, with them until the film's bittersweet end.

Dec 16, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

What makes Elephant exceptional is Hu Bo's piercing sensitivity to private doubts and anxieties, and his ability to make them visible on the faces of his complex, credible characters.

Dec 15, 2018 | Full Review…

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