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Here, Then (Ci Chu Yu Bi Chu) [DVD]

Huang Tang Yijia , Li Ziqian , Mao Mao    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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  • Actors: Huang Tang Yijia, Li Ziqian, Wang Yizheng, Li Wensi
  • Directors: Mao Mao
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Second Run
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jun 2013
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00CP5VX5Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,555 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Winner of the 'Best International Film Award' at the 2012 Edinburgh Film Festival. An alluringly low-key and enigmatic portrayal of the alienation, disillusionment and loss of direction that have become widespread among young people in contemporary China. Filmed in elegant and absorbing long takes, the film interweaves the lives of several rootless people who become linked with one another by chance, by their sexual obsessions, and by the loss of a mobile phone...

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4.0 out of 5 stars Being, Bored 4 Oct 2013
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The style and the content of Mao Mao's 'Here, Then' is made very clear right from the first scene. It's made up of long slow static takes of scenes where very little happens, there's very little dialogue, characters are difficult to identify or tell apart, they stare out of windows and smoke cigarettes and one scene moves to the next with little sense of a narrative or continuity. It's very much in the Jia Zhang-ke meditative style of filmmaking which likewise often deals with rural boredom and urban alienation. That doesn't necessarily mean that the film itself has to be boring, but it has to be said that Here, Then often is.

On the other hand, the film does indeed seem to accurately reflect the nature and the circumstances of its characters in a way that ends up being quite compelling. If the film is to realistically represent their lives, there's no reason why they should be articulate and tell you how they feel. Through various methods, in brief moments of contact and reaching out to make a connection, in pop songs that are often their only means of expression and escape, and in one or two key "break out" scenes that go against the tide of the otherwise slow pace of the film, you do get a sense of the film touching on something deeper.

The film is also beautifully photographed, making tremendous use of light and with an unusual and enveloping sound design that does manage to frame the characters in their environment and capture a sense of them at a loss in in their hopeless situations. With very little dialogue, it can be difficult to gain any real insight into their condition, but Here, Then is an immersive experience that does gradually start to reveal its intentions in the connections it makes through images, locations and the characters.
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