Still Life (Sanxia Haoren) Reviews

November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
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.
October 18, 2008
Jia Zhang Ke is perhaps the most distinctive director working in China now.
September 26, 2008
An extraordinary glimpse into the psychology, subtext and austere reality of modern Chinese culture.
May 9, 2008
Never has destruction looked more beautiful than the demolished buildings in Jia Zhang-ke's Still Life.
April 14, 2008
Writer-director Jia Zhangke is a keen observer of the effects of the break-neck modernization that is stampeding China toward a future that no one can predict, control, or contain.
February 22, 2008
Jia Zhang-ke is a new auteur making his mark. Embraced abroad on the international festival circuit, if less welcome on screens in China, this writer-director works in a genre that could be called globalist.
February 21, 2008
Still Life is the first great film of the year. It's beautiful but so much more--full of subtle feeling, framed by a monstrous, eroding landscape.
February 11, 2008
More than any other director, the extraordinarily gifted Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke has a talent for locating the future in the present day.
January 25, 2008
Nothing much actually happens in Still Life, and yet one is left with a deep feeling of irrevocable loss and destructive change only heightened by the chirpy tourist patter and government promotional talk about the great Three Gorges Dam.
January 25, 2008
Spare, motionless and silent as a still-life painting. But what [director] Jia is documenting is nothing less than a civilization in a state of flux. Chaos wouldn't be an overstatement.
January 18, 2008
These searches are not particularly suspenseful or emotionally stirring, but they're excuse enough for us to take in the breath-taking views of Three Gorges, the river and the razing of buildings along its banks.
January 18, 2008
In Still Life, the blood and the sweat run directly into the Yangtze River, where they mingle with more than a few tears.
January 17, 2008
The results are exhilarating, expertly choreographed and a movie to change one's view of both cinema and life.
January 15, 2008
What's striking about Still Life is its micro-analytical curiosity: Judgment seems suspended -- like the bridge that magically lights up over the Yangtze or the unlikely tightrope walker glimpsed in the movie's last shot.
January 14, 2008
Despite all this desolation and depression, Still Life is an extremely beautiful movie: the river and the green mountains on both sides of it extend into the distance in majestic panoply; gray clouds hang over the scene like painted backdrops.
December 18, 2007
The film lacks sufficient individuatism or narrative drive to compellingly propel Jia's script (co-written with Sun Jianmin and Guan Na), making its title all too true.
May 3, 2007
Both a docudrama with obvious social and historical relevance and a subtle, slow, quietly powerful chronicle of human loss.