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still from Still Life (Sanxia haoren) (Jia Zhang-ke, CN/HK 2006)

Still Life

Jia Zhang-ke / CN, HK, 2006 / 111 min.

A human life is not worth much compared to economic growth in this documentary-like, completely surreal film. The construction of the Three Gorges Dam in China is a project of megalomaniac proportions. To feed the insatiable demand for energy, millions of people are forced to relocate as their villages will be underwater.

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A boat full of tourists sails across a gigantic reservoir set in an overwhelming landscape, dominated by three gigantic gorges. On the banks of the reservoir, life is miserable. How lonely can you get: one man literally lives in a bridge in a village where painted lines show the impending level of the water. In this wrecked setting, a man and a woman are each searching for their lovers, to tell them once they have found them that their relationship is over.

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still from Still Life (Sanxia haoren) (Jia Zhang-ke, CN/HK 2006)
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