Mountains May Depart

Mountains May Depart
Director:Jia Zhangke
Cert:TBC Year: 2015 Length:131mins
Country: Language:China
Mountains May Depart is a film by Jia Zhangke, who has spent most of his 20-year career sounding off on the downside of what he considers his country's too-enthusiastic embrace of globalization, and the influence of Western capitalism and ideals (read: greed) that come with it. Set in 1999, 2014 and 2025, Mountains May Depart revolves mostly around its everyday heroine, Tao (Zhao Tao, Jia's muse on and offscreen), a woman caught somewhere between the dream and the reality of modern China.

Critics

“ Jia's languid style and exquisite framing complement his understated approach to the material, which opts for depth over melodrama. ...Mountains ... is grounded in Zhao's delicate performance, a character caught between progress and tradition, her life running in place, each day blending into the next.”

San Francisco Chronicle

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