Still Life (Sanxia Haoren) Reviews

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June 6, 2019
More than just a window into a disappearing world, it is a requiem for the soul of a nation.
April 29, 2019
Still Life is more than about China's Three Gorges Dam, or industrialisation, or modernisation, or its implications for individuals, or its consequences on society. Yes, these are all parts of Still Life, but like life, the film is more than this.
May 17, 2018
Jia is a great director, and much of Still Life's power comes from the way he depicts his characters moving through the landscape... Jia's eye for composition recalls Antonioni in its rigor and poetry, but he isn't after mere pictorial splendor.
November 17, 2017
...the neo-realism of Jia shooting his latest film "Still Life" around the actual Three Gorges Dam is stunning. It is a fresh, relieving change of course from the previous film's overwrought, overburdened allegorical setting.
September 15, 2012
A lyrical pic that brilliantly blends together documentary and fantasy to paint an evocative picture of modern China that is free from the usual Red Chinese propaganda.
November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
October 14, 2011
Jia draws a fine line between the corporeal and ethereal, a fitting means of highlighting the inherent unbelievability of one's way of life disappearing underwater.
June 16, 2010
Observant and acts as a record of the inevitability of change, even ones mandated not by nature but by the government.
July 17, 2009
Playful and moody, naturalistic and surreal, Still Life is a film not to be missed.
November 24, 2008
More than a million people have been displaced in central China in the cause of generating electrical power to meet the needs of the future; Jia's flowing river of a picture washes over a few of them as they adjust to life's currents in the present.
November 20, 2008
The despondent tone is lifted by moments of hope and, surprisingly, hilarity.
October 18, 2008
Still Life is a moody undertaking, with little action but plenty going on.
October 18, 2008
Jia Zhang Ke is perhaps the most distinctive director working in China now.
October 13, 2008
Still Life is all about these common people existing in a world that seems more and more unreal
October 3, 2008
Simply one of the best films of last year, this year, or any year likely to come.
September 26, 2008
An extraordinary glimpse into the psychology, subtext and austere reality of modern Chinese culture.
September 26, 2008
Director Jia Zhang-ke sees the urbanization of China through the eyes of the relocated laborers.
July 10, 2008
The rising waters of the Yangtze become a melancholy backdrop for a diaspora in which people try to establish some connection in a place where their old lives literally are being washed away.
June 27, 2008
Richly rewarding to those willing to roll with its deliberate rhythms.
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