An Elephant Sitting Still (2018)

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An Elephant Sitting Still: Directed by Bo Hu. With Yu Zhang, Yuchang Peng, Uvin Wang, Zi Xi. Four people in a Chinese city live through a complicated day as their lives intersect.

“There are several reasons why you will not forget this film if you have had the patience to sit through the 4 hours of its slow running time. One of them will be to wonder if the long film was worth your while.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe director Bo Hu only made this feature film in his entire life before he committed suicide at age 29. The film is based on his book that he wrote under a pen-name. With a book and a feature film to his credit, Bo Hu evidently still felt trapped.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAll the characters are innocent but nihilistic to the core caught within Chinau0026#39;s social u0026quot;no-winu0026quot; trap if you are not rich or have political connections. Nietzsche would have smiled at this film. There is no way out. Yet they hope optimistically for a better life. It is a curious film that ends up with stupid violent scenes as some recent award-winning films from China have. Nothing positive to take away here after 4 hours. The concept of the elephant sitting still is possibly positive, which is why four adults want to metaphorically see it. One positive takeaway in the indirect commentary on China today, rarely discussed in the media.”

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