An Elephant Sitting Still
Original title: Da xiang xidi erzuo
- 3h 50m
Four people in a Chinese city live through a complicated day as their lives intersect.Four people in a Chinese city live through a complicated day as their lives intersect.Four people in a Chinese city live through a complicated day as their lives intersect.
Few debuts are this good. Throughout four hours, Hu Bei creates an overwhelminly human and sensitive film, creating characters to which we deeply sympathise and connect with. The more the film moves long, the more impactful it becomes, and soon enough even the smallest actions, the most simple scenes become huge, due to the sheer emotional investment the spectator has. This works mostly for these reasons: Bei's camera, which is always close to the characters, following them in long, some times astonishing shots; the actors, all of them astounding; the long running time, which gives time not just to explore each character, but also for the viewer to just spend time with these people, who we love to care about so deeply. Melancholic but not sad, deeply moving but never sentimental, An Elephant Sitting Still doesn't feel bigger than life: it feels like life, period. To call it a masterpiece would be an understatement.
- Feb 24, 2018
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