People's Republic of Desire

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People's Republic of Desire fascinates and repels in equal measure with a sadly illuminating look at the intersection between technology and our relationship with celebrity.



Total Count: 32


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In a real-life Black Mirror story, two live streamers seek fame, fortune and human connection in China's digital idol-making universe, ultimately finding the same promises and perils online as in their real lives.

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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (1)

  • In this thematic emphasis, Wu points to the hollowness of a lot of Internet culture-his subjects are bound by a desire to lose themselves in a fleeting sense of fame.

    Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Equally fascinating, sad and scary...

    Dec 5, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • People's Republic of Desire is equal shares fascinating and depressing, often at the same time.

    Nov 30, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The ability of "People's Republic of Desire" to show these familiar desires playing out in futuristic surroundings is invariably surprising and never less than compelling.

    Nov 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A chillingly sad document of where the human spirit is at, and where it may be going.

    Nov 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • You don't wait for what comes next in "People's Republic of Desire" as much as you watch and wonder why any of it is happening.

    Nov 29, 2018 | Full Review…

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