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Behemoth (Bei xi mo shou) (2017)

Behemoth (Bei xi mo shou) (2017)



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Beginning with a mining explosion in Mongolia and ending in a ghost city west of Beijing, political documentarian Zhao Liang's visionary new film BEHEMOTH details, in one breathtaking sequence after another, the social and ecological devastation behind an economic miracle that may yet prove illusory.


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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8)

Despite such over-arty flourishes, the lensing never fails to drive home a sense of paradise lost, furthered by images with digitally created fractured lines, which represent the disruption of nature's gift.

November 20, 2017 | Full Review…

The subtle impact of this contemplative documentary can't be denied.

November 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Though the scarring of the landscape can make for poetic imagery, the toll the mining and steel industries take on the local population working in them is grimly realistic.

November 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Straddling the line between art film and documentary, Behemoth takes as its ostensible subject the pollution of the planet-but it also explores the pollution of the soul.

March 16, 2017 | Full Review…

A beautiful and harrowing movie, the first of the bad-news-for-humanity documentaries to be released in the states this year. Drink up!

January 27, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

"Behemoth" proceeds placidly, making it easy to become lulled. Its haunting power grows in retrospect - as if you've returned from a journey and can't believe what you've seen.

January 26, 2017 | Full Review…

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