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Ai's film becomes more digressive than discursive. Rather than contending with the information saturation around the crisis, Human Flow falls prey to it. Footage is layered without clear logic, poetic or narrative.
But Ai has failed in the most important mission of an artist: to make us question the world we live in. What Human Flow doesn't do is make us ask why we have a world that has produced so many refugees in the first place.
We never remain long enough with any one person to get more than a cursory idea of their story, and so over the course of the film's 140 minute runtime, we end up with a sense of the crisis as a tragedy, yes, but a choral, abstract one.
The problem with Ai Weiwei's turgid film is that rather than make a convincing documentary that explores an issue, he's sculpted a piece of artsy agit-prop with stark cinematography, endless shots of dour-looking displaced people and a simplistic agenda.
[It] does not present much new information about the current refugee crisis but it does allow the artist/activist to present his own views on this subject, and give voice to some of those swept up in that human tide.
At 140 minutes, Human Flow runs a little long, and there are a few too many superfluous interludes. But that doesn't stop it from being a very moving piece that will go down as one of 2017's most important documentaries.
The camera in Human Flow lingers on people as they walk, hold their young children, tell their stories, and often cry, and it becomes incredibly difficult for the audience not to address their reactions to it.
The transgression of borders by an endless storm of exiles not only exposes violence and the state of emergency in various parts of the globe, but the perpetual quest to preserve life. [Full review in Spanish]
Far from the temptation of anecdotes, [Human Flow] is constructed as a mosaic of personal and community histories, with the strength of the a present that is forged every day before our eyes. [Full Review in Spanish]