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Blind Mountain Review


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It sounds so promising: Xuemei, a naïve young woman, follows a man and a woman out to the boonies of early 1990s China in the hopes of securing a job with the company they run. Instead, she finds herself being sold as a bride to the vile son of local farmers in the hopes that she'll eventually bear them a grandchild and help maintain their farm. Seeing as the film is directed by Li Yang, the young filmmaker behind the 2003 coal-mine thriller Blind Shaft, the movie should be a slam dunk. Yet, it's not to be.

A much-discussed entry at last year's Cannes Film Festival, more for its bewilderingly-abrupt ending than any controversial subject matter, Blind Mountain basically amounts to a set of escapes and captures, all orchestrated competently by Yang. Xuemei, played admirably by Huang Lu, rebels at the very sight of her so-called husband (Yang Youan) as he attempts to consummate the sale. It's only later, with the husband's parents holding Xuemei down, that he finally gets to have his way.

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Blind Shaft Review


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Blind Shaft shows you the literal underbelly of China. Set in and around shabby little coal mines in the middle of nowhere, it's a shocking and totally gripping tale of murder and flimflammery that will keep you guessing all the way through.

Tang (Wang Shuangbao) and Song (Li Yixiang) are two itinerant workers who wander from mine to mine looking for work. In the film's beautifully shot first scene, the camera joins the men as they descend in a mine's elevator and look up to watch a square of bright sky disappear within seconds as they plunge into the depths.

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