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Mountains May Depart (2015)

Shan he gu ren (original title)
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The life of Tao, and those close to her, is explored in three different time periods: 1999, 2014, and 2025.

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Jing Dong Liang ...
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Zhang Daole aka Dollar
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Mia
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Patrick Harvey ...
Train Passenger
Russell Lambe ...
Golfer
Lu Liu
Zishan Rong ...
Zhang Daole aka Dollar (Child)
Anna Sasson ...
Travel clerk
Yee Yang ...
Travel clerk
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China, 1999. Childhood friends Liangzi and Zhang are both in love with Tao, the town beauty. Tao eventually decides to marry the wealthier Zhang. They soon have a son he names Dollar... From China to Australia, the lives, loves, hopes and disillusions of a family over two generations in a society changing at breakneck speed. Written by Ipsith

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30 October 2015 (China)  »

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$4,691 (USA) (19 February 2016)

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$80,244 (USA) (20 May 2016)
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Swiss visa # 1010.887. See more »

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The young boy who plays Tao's son in 2014 is also part of the crowd of children that watches her perform at the new year's celebrations in 1999. See more »

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Mia: The hardest thing about love is caring.
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Mountains may depart, and so do people ...
14 April 2016 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Reading the reviews, you might suspect this to be a sophisticated, political film. You couldn't be more wrong: there's nothing sophisticated about it, it's about a heart that breaks over time.

The story follows a woman, and two men from different social status (a mine worker and a director), who both love her. Eventually she has to decide for one of them, but as time goes by, she wonders whether she made the right choice or not. Told over a time span of 25 years, the film shows like few others how time changes our society, affects the private lives of individuals. Especially the last part set in 2025 is masterfully done, it could have turned out sophisticated, instead it hits right into the heart.

The film says that things like social status and language do change our daily lives, and those changes can never be undone again.

The usage of the movie format is genius (even more then in Xavier Dolan's 'Mommy'), it tells us, that even though the future broadens our perspective, it also makes us lose focus of what is truly essential to live a happy life.


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