Rent Still Life (2006)

3.5 of 5 from 91 ratings
1h 49min
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Synopsis:
Set against the spectacular landscape of the Three Gorges region, Jia Zhangke's humane and moving Golden-Lion winner tells two contemplative and compassionate stories of a man and woman searching for absent spouses in Fengjie - an ancient town on the Yangtze River which is being demolished and will soon vanish for ever in the flooding caused by the controversial Three Gorges hydroelectric dam project.
Actors:
, Zhou Lan, , Lizhen Ma, , Kai Chen, Ronghu Chen, Jian Chieng, Chuanan Fang, Zhongming He, Yong Huang, Deping Jiang, Shiping Jiang, Tianyah Lan,
Directors:
Zhang Ke Jia
Writers:
Zhang Ke Jia, Na Guan
Others:
Jia Zhang-ke
Aka:
Sanxia haoren
Studio:
BFI Video
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Countries:
China, Drama, Romance
Awards:

2006 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion

BBFC:
Release Date:
18/08/2008
Run Time:
109 minutes
Languages:
Mandarin
Subtitles:
Mandarin
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Feature Commentary by Tony Rayns
  • Dong (Jia Zhangke, 2006, 66 minutes) a documentary companion piece to Still Life on painter Liu Xiaodong

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Reviews (1) of Still Life

One of the Great Films of All Time! - Still Life review by TE

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28/03/2018

This is an extraordinary work by a great film director. It is a gripping mixture of fictional narrative, documentary and unscripted slice of life in a changing world, with a dash of spacecraft from another world throw in.

One of the bonuses of immersion in world cinema is the insight gained into daily life in other countries. This film delivers many riches on that score. We are given fascinating glimpses into Chinese life at a time of harsh transition.

At the same time, the director engages us fully in the twin tales of search for loved ones.

Most of the actors are non-professionals, and the two leads give an acting lesson in 'less is more'.

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