The Painter and the Thief
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While this film definitely has it's flaws, and they are numerous. I cannot give it anything short of fully-fledged 5 stars because of it's raw emotional impact, simply astounding visuals and very powerfull score. An odd, fragmented and misunderstood masterpiece from Chen Kaige.
Yet another heart-achingly beautiful film from one of my favourite directors of all time. This reminds me of "The Road Home", an earlier film of his and in many ways i feel that that film and "Coming Home" both exist in the same universe. I cried the whole 1,48 minutes of the film. As per usual Gong Li excels, but so does the rest of the cast, Chen Daoming (Lu) and newcomer Zhang Huiwen (Dandan) are nothing short of astounding. I can't wait to see Huiwen in future roles as she seems to be a true force to be reckoned with. Loved seeing Gong Li play a much older character than she has done in the past. Beautiful, poetic, dolorous, but also hopefull.