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Bei xi mo shou (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 19 August 2016 (UK)
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Under the sun, the heavenly beauty of grasslands will soon be covered by the raging dust of mines. Facing the ashes and noises caused by heavy mining , the herdsmen have no choice but to ... See full summary »

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Liang Zhao

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Sylvie Blum (narrative script), Weiping Cui (literary advisor) | 2 more credits »
5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Under the sun, the heavenly beauty of grasslands will soon be covered by the raging dust of mines. Facing the ashes and noises caused by heavy mining , the herdsmen have no choice but to leave as the meadow areas dwindle. In the moonlight, iron mines are brightly lit throughout the night. Workers who operate the drilling machines must stay awake. The fight is tortuous, against the machine and against themselves. Meanwhile, coal miners are busy filling trucks with coals. Wearing a coal-dust mask, they become ghostlike creatures. An endless line of trucks will transport all the coals and iron ores to the iron works. There traps another crowd of souls, being baked in hell. In the hospital, time hangs heavy on miners' hands. After decades of breathing coal dust, death is just around the corner. They are living the reality of purgatory, but there will be no paradise. Written by 72nd Venice International Film Festival

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Country:

China | France

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

19 August 2016 (UK) See more »

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Behemoth See more »

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China See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.90 : 1
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50 shades of slate
17 January 2019 | by user-161-409787See all my reviews

Mesmerizing. Does some very simple but effective things with great emotional impact- the endless descent into the mine, the sequence where Panos Cosmatos takes over (:3), the workers cleaning themselves after a day of work at the mine, a middle-aged man scratching away at dead skin- all of them masterful, gut-wrenching scenes.

The narration, while very sparse, has a very central importance in the film. It keeps at bay the feeling that the film is just running around in circles, and lends a loose structure of sorts to the film, which I think makes it more effective. Felt like a film that will haunt me for some time at least.


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