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Kaili Blues

Dreams of the dead weave through this enigmatic drama about a widowed physician who journeys from the Chinese provincial city of Kaili to distant Zhenyuan to find his missing young nephew and deliver a gift to the dying friend of a coworker. En route the doctor reaches the village of Dang Mai, and in one bravura 41-minute tracking shot he’s driven around town by a motorcyclist who may be the nephew, mysteriously grown to adulthood. This looping shot, reflecting a Buddhist view of the universe as an endless cycle of life, death, and reincarnation, adds to the film's hallucinatory aura, as does a trippy, ethereal score by Lim Giong (a frequent collaborator of Jia Zhangke and Hou Hsiao-hsien). Bi Gan directed this boldly original debut feature. In Mandarin with subtitles.


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