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Moments of thrilling visual beauty are studded through this dour Chinese thriller like diamonds through a seam of coal.
Writer/director Diao Yinan's brilliant and beautifully stylized Chinese noir transfixes the viewer with its cynical cops, hazardous settings and a mysterious aura of days gone by before delivering a devious denouement.
The light bathes faces and streets, gives visibility to the drives of the characters and in more than a moment offers glimpses about their fears and their secrets. [Full review in Spanish]
Its noir detective style pays homage to classic Hollywood tropes, but this is an unapologetically arthouse piece that impresses most for its gloriously dark visuals.
It's the darkest shade of noir, replete with dismemberment and sexual violence, though Diao juices it up with a subtly insinuating neon glow, a remarkably daring sense of absurdist humour, and some very witty and stylish flourishes.
Black Coal, Thin Ice is a powerful film that grows on the viewer steadily and surely.
Black Coal, Thin Ice twists and turns as it goes: even the jolting electronic music over the end credits springs another surprise.
Maybe the angriest movie from mainland China since Li Yang's Blind Mountain.
Delights in flouting generic convention at every twisting turn.
What's fascinating is not merely the plot, but the wonderfully shot background, red and green neon on a grey townscape.
It never quite catches fire, but it has a curious atmosphere of its own: menacing, pregnant with unease.
Puzzling out the whos, the whys and the WTFs of this marvellously oddball case takes a back seat to drinking in the film's dark, shining evocation of night and the city.
It is baffling to see that the Berlin International Film Festival gave the Golden Bear to this sterile movie that plods along through some very dull revelations and doesn't work in any level: not as a mystery/thriller/film noir, nor as a romance, nor even as a character study.
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