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Still Life (2006)

Sanxia haoren (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 16 November 2006 (Hong Kong)
A town in Fengjie county is gradually being demolished and flooded to make way for the Three Gorges Dam. A man and woman visit the town to locate their estranged spouses, and become witness to the societal changes.

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Coalminer Han Sanming comes from Fengyang in Shanxi to the Three Gorges town Fengjie to look for his ex-wife whom he has not seen for 16 years. The couple meet on the bank of the Yangtze River and vow to remarry. Nurse Shen Hong also comes to Fengjie from Taiyuan in Shanxi to look for her husband who has not been home for two years. The couple embrace each other and waltz under the imposing Three Gorges dam, but feel they are so apart and decide to have a divorce. The old township has been submerged, while a new town has to be built. Life persists in the Three Gorges - what should be taken up is taken up, what should be cast off is cast off. Written by Perry Yu <perry@pobox.com>

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CNY 10,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,036 (USA) (18 January 2008)

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$68,236 (USA) (14 March 2008)
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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2007 (#02, tied with "Inland Empire" and "Death Proof"). See more »

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Brother Mark: You're a nostalgist.
Shen Hong: We can't forget who we are.
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a glimpse of the real China
8 January 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I think this is an outstanding movie.

Having lived in China for the last 3 years, I've not seen a movie that so completely encompasses the reality of life here. The sounds, the smells, the touch of real life saturates this film.

For Sinophiles everywhere this is a must-watch movie.

China aside, the cinematography feels like a work of art. The slow panning camera, the oblique angles, the over long lingering of the camera on the scenes, the moments of surreality in what is otherwise a movie grounded in the "real", the beautiful stills etc...

The movie is full of humanity and compassion, great depth and emotion.

More people should watch this!


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