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Blu-ray Review - Mountains May Depart


Threads of time are knotted carefully by director Jia Zhangke in "Mountains May Depart," which attempts to explore the lives of three characters as they experience 25 years of Chinese cultural and economic development and their own maturity. Taking place in 1999, 2014, and 2025, the picture successfully creates a broad sweep of life, tracking emotional and physical growth in an unusual way. It's an emotional effort, though it commences with more subtlety than it concludes with, fighting off the artificiality of melodrama for the most part, ultimately growing too fatigued to better balance a disappointing third act. Read the rest at


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