Suzhou River (2000)
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Critic Reviews for Suzhou River
The showy jump cuts and off-kilter close-ups belie an extremely well edited, even supple, piece of work.
Lou Ye lays out a ravishing wasteland of femmes fatales and lovelorn tough guys -- all in 79 minutes.
This atmospheric film, even with its self-conscious style, is a show of major talent by Lou.
Audience Reviews for Suzhou River
One of the most important and the best films made in China in 00s, for sure. Freer and more intimate camera to the actors (characters), editing that ignores so-called the "form" and is more like a work don by a DJ playing a record on turntables - its existence symbolizes the 6th Generation Chinese directors.
Lou Ye's audacious retelling of "Vertigo," thrust into the decaying heart of a modernizing China, has "stream-of-consciousness" written all over it: the literal title (and Shanghai landmark) pervades each disconnected soul and twisted memory as individuals mull over illusions of lost love. Lou's borrowing of Wong Kar-wai's improvisatory jump-cutting and Brechtian narration work well to an extent here, but it's the film's distinctive aura that makes it work: "Suzhou River", like its namesake and characters, seems to exist purely in a dream state amidst the stark neorealism of an all-too-real urban setting.
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