One of my favourite films of 2019
Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke, perhaps best known for 'Still Life' and 'A Touch of Sin', reunites with his wife and frequent muse Zhao Tao for his latest drama. Beginning in post-industrial Datong in 2001, the film hops across three different timeframes to follow Tao as Qiao, a woman in a relationship with a gangster (Liao Fan). I can't even begin to figure out how many fully-contained genre pieces Zhangke shoves into this magnificent monster of a movie - it's an epic romantic crime drama that contains the most visceral fight scene of the year and examines matters of loyalty, sacrifice, and disillusionment, with Zhangke arriving at emotional truths that aren't always spoken by the characters.
You can view the rest of my Top 5 films of 2019 here: https://www.maketheswitch.com.au/article/feature-the-best-of-2019-our-top-five-films-of-the-year share