Ghost Town (2010)




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Structured in three parts to highlight the growing fissure between the past and the present, the desperation of the locals, and the plight of the abandoned, director Zhao Dayong's documentary offers a poignant snapshot of a town haunted by the ghosts of the past, and devoid of any discernible future. Venture deep into Southwest China, and eventually you'll come across Zhiziluo, a town populated by lost souls, and seemingly frozen in time. Here, Christian pastor Yuehan clashes with his father, John the Elder, about the future of their local church, Pu Biqui ponders leaving his lover to seek work in the city (despite the very likely prospect that she will be sold into marriage in his absence), and 12-year-old Ah Long scavenges for food on a daily basis.
Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Ghost Town

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

How does a massive, uneasily modernizing nation feeds its people? That question, in all its facets, is the river running through Ghost Town, and the waters are rarely clear.

Full Review… | April 14, 2010
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

In spite of its length the film feels foreshortened, as if every vignette or incident, every character encountered for a few moments, contained the germ of an unwritten novel.

April 13, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

Never mind the nation's great economic leap forward; the longer you watch Zhao's chronicle of the financially destitute and the bureaucratically forgotten (and it's a lengthy doc), the more you feel that you're witnessing a country fraying at its edges.

Full Review… | March 9, 2010
Time Out
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I do not expect to soon find scenes to match Ghost Town's mountaintop funeral, the running along after a rowdy exorcism, or the scanning of faces at the town Christmas chorale. His back to prosperity, Dayong finds hallowed ground.

Full Review… | March 9, 2010
Village Voice
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Zhao Dayong's Ghost Town paints a haunting trifurcated portrait of people set adrift by forced large-scale economic and cultural transformations.

Full Review… | April 14, 2010
Slant Magazine

"Superficial" is one word that can't be used to describe Zhao Dayong's Ghost Town.

Full Review… | March 24, 2010
NYC Film Critic

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