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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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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'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
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