Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue

2021, Documentary, 1h 52m

30 Reviews Fewer than 50 Ratings

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Appropriate given its title, Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue indulges in a certain amount of drift -- but patient viewers may savor its contemplative undertow. Read critic reviews

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From master director Jia Zhang-Ke (Ash Is Purest White, A Touch of Sin) comes a vital document of Chinese society since 1949. Jia interviews three prominent authors--Jia Pingwa, Yu Hua, and Liang Hong--born in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, respectively. In their stories, we hear of the dire circumstances they faced in their rural villages and small towns, and the substantial political effort undertaken to address it, from the social revolution of the 1950s through the unrest of the late 1980s. In their faces, we see full volumes left unsaid. Jia weaves it all together with his usual brilliance. SWIMMING OUT TILL THE SEA TURNS BLUE is an indispensable account of a changing China from one of the country's foremost cinematic storytellers.

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