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Kaili Blues (2015)

A hypnotic piece of slow cinema that disintegrates the boundaries between past and present

Drama, Mystery

best
THE VERY BEST

8.0

movie

China

Hmong, Mandarin

Slice-of-Life

2016

Bi Gan

Guo Yue, Linyan Liu, Yongzhong Chen

113 min

Synopsis

In the subtropical province of Guizhou, Chen Sheng embarks on a journey to find his nephew.

Our Take

8.0
Igor Fishman

This startling debut from Chinese director Bi Gan is a mesmerizing synthesis of cinema and poetry. A man searching for his nephew goes on a journey that blurs the boundaries between time and space, and dreams and reality. All this is expressed through gorgeous and understated camerawork reminiscent of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s languorous lens. However, Bi Gan’s style is all his own, including spectacular long takes whose sophistication and complexity only become apparent once they are done. 

Kaili Blues’ hypnotic aesthetics are like a mud bath for you to soak and luxuriate in. There are no easy answers for putting together its past/present/future puzzle-box, and it’s best to leave the deconstructions for later viewings as repeated trips to Bi Gan’s dreamy recreation of his hometown will reveal even more.

 

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