Lisa Schwarzbaum
February 13, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Still Life

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
108 minutes
Limited Release Date
01/18/08
performer
Han Sanming, Zhao Tao
director
Jia Zhang-ke
distributor
New Yorker Films
author
Jia Zhang-ke
genre
Drama, Foreign Language

We gave it an A

The steep price of progress in his home country is a favorite theme of the great Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke (Platform, The World), who here turns his extraordinary eye on the apocalyptic engineering feat on the Yangtze River that is the Three Gorges Dam. More than a million people have been displaced in central China in the cause of generating electrical power to meet the needs of the future; Jia’s flowing river of a picture washes over a few of them as they adjust to life’s currents in the present. A

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