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An Elephant Sitting Still Rated 18

An Elephant Sitting Still

Dir. Hu Bo. China, 2018. 3h 50m. Mandarin/subs. Starring Yu Zhang, Yuchang Peng, Uvin Wang, Congxi Li.

Under the gloomy sky of northern China, this profound and melancholy drama follows four miscreants pining to escape from their small industrial hometown. Hu Bo's first and final feature delivers a furious social commentary on contemporary China that is destined to become a landmark of Chinese cinema.

‘Melancholic and mesmerising…The first and last film from the late Chinese director and author Hu Bo has a desolate beauty’ ★★★★★ Simran Hans, The Observer

‘What makes Elephant exceptional is Hu Bo's piercing sensitivity to private doubts and anxieties, and his ability to make them visible on the faces of his complex, credible characters.’ Tony Rayns, Sight and Sounds Magazine