Friday, March 18, 2016
Kaili Blues (2015) New Directors New Films 2016
This is a kind of plotless film follows a doctor around as he tends the sick, recites poetry and in stunning set piece makes a forty minute trip into the country in a single take as he goes to find he missing nephew he suspect his brother may have sold.
This is a film I admire this film more than like. A stunning calling card for everyone involved This is one of those films where everyone talks about the virtuosity of the filmmaking rather than the plot. I say this as someone who read more than a handful of review for the film and everyone talked about the forty minute single take that takes up most of the second half. Its a stunning achievement but at the same time it's the sort of thing we are very aware is happening.
You'll notice that I haven't said a hell of a lot about the plot and the characters and that's because I really don't have anything to say. While the performances are fine, the actor actually inhabit the characters so well the film seems its like a documentary at times, they really aren't given anything memorable to do beyond be in sequences where director Bi Gan and his cinematographer Tianxing Wang create camera moves and images that will take your breath away. Don't get me wrong the film is never boring, but it's more the sort of thing where you're going to come out pondering how they did that rather than how the characters moved you.
Definitely worth seeing especially if you are seeing this on a big screen, the film plays March 21 and 23rd at New Directors New Films. For more information and tickets go here.