Dragonfly Eyes (2017)

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Chinese visual artist Xu Bing's ambitious debut feature follows an ill-fated romance through a frightening and faceless urban environment, using only closed-circuit surveillance footage. Constructing a fictitious narrative from real-world encounters and frequently spectacular images, Xu turns the story of a young man attempting to relocate his object of desire into a cogent analysis of postmodern identity and digitally mediated communication.

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Critic Reviews for Dragonfly Eyes

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

A failed experiment.

Aug 15, 2017 | Full Review…

"Dragonfly Eyes" disappoints with its unsatisfying combination of an ultra-banal narrative told in a formally original way.

Aug 13, 2017 | Full Review…
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Despite the narrative abstraction and exposed artifice of the film's construction, Xu's creation feels creepily alive-because it is.

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The result of a massive, years-long project to compile, select, and mould ... Xu's meta-video work comments continuously on its own fakery-a fact evidently lost on most of the trade critics...

Sep 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Dragonfly Eyes succeeds in moments of unadulterated arthouse sensory overload, especially when Xu zeroes in on quietly beautiful and oddly coloured cityscapes, repetition, symmetrical environments and unintentionally artful framing.

Sep 7, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Dragonfly Eyes is quietly disturbing, filled with unease and malaise but also rich in poetry: it's a provocative film for our times which marries conceptual art with cinema in a fresh and unusual way.

Aug 10, 2017 | Full Review…

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