Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016)
Critic 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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Critic Reviews for Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren)
Jia remains a major filmmaker, and this film is never less than bold and ambitious.
Another breakthrough by a director who has never stopped pushing either himself or his idea of what a Chinese movie can do and be.
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.
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.
Director Jia Zhangke offers a work of poetic prophecy in this romantic and political melodrama.
Jia's languid style and exquisite framing complement his understated approach to the material, which opts for depth over melodrama. But "Mountains May Depart" is grounded in Zhao's delicate performance, which is her best.
Audience Reviews for Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren)
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.
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