Saturday, April 2, 2016

A Touch of Sin (2013)

Cannes Film Festival 2013

Best Screenplay
Zhangke Jia
Palme d'Or
Zhangke Jia

Koch Lorber Films
Directed by Zhangke Jia
My rating: 3 stars out of 4

A series of loosely interconnected stories in which hard working, every day people in China are driven to violence by those who use them for monetary or personal gain. A coal miner turns on the owner of the company who kept money promised for the community, but his violence is directed toward anyone he dislikes. In the next story, a migrant worker visits his aging mother, only to leave and commit a horrendous criminal act. A woman who works in a sauna fends off potential rapists with a knife. Finally, a factory worker falls in love with a girl who works in a bizarre sex resort. The jarring, gore-filled violence of the film sits uneasily against the serene, often beautiful landscapes and meditative camerawork. However, Zhangke Jia apparently wants to make a statement about life in modern China, and an obvious one, and it is hard to deny that he has succeeded.

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