Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren)

Critics Consensus

Beautifully filmed, powerfully acted, and rich with meaning, Mountains May Depart represents another outstanding outing from writer/director Zhangke Jia.

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The life of Tao, and those close to her, is explored in three different time periods: 1999, 2014, and 2025.

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  • Jia remains a major filmmaker, and this film is never less than bold and ambitious.

    Dec 22, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Gail Tolley

    Time Out
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  • [Mountains May Depart] is another ambitious and elegiac portrait of societal change and fading Chinese values.

    Dec 14, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Zhao Tao proves that she's one of the greatest living screen actors.

    Dec 14, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Another breakthrough by a director who has never stopped pushing either himself or his idea of what a Chinese movie can do and be.

    Oct 24, 2016 | Full Review…
  • So confident is this director's touch that "Mountains May Depart" holds you with the humanity of its telling rather than the gloom of its conclusions.

    May 12, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • Like most of the indispensable Jia's work, this triptych film, which jumps from 1999 to 2014 and then to 2025, is intimately engaged in the push-pull between tradition and progress.

    Mar 24, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren)

  • Jan 07, 2018
    A disjointed, cheesy and poorly-acted film that constantly shifts focus between characters (even abandoning them for no reason), with arbitrary leaps in time that make everything seem too superficial and unimportant to work as a look at the lives of common people.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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