Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Songs My Brothers Taught Me ★★★½

Being Zhao's debut feature, her documentary/fiction-hybrid style of moviemaking is noticeably less refined than her later films. And while this makes for a less focused narrative, it also makes for a more raw experience as well. It is a moving film, although it didn't move me to the extent that her later features did. This film is also where her influence by Terence Malick is the most apparent as well, both in the narrative as well as the cinematography, which I may think is the best out of all her films this far.

It's also very interesting seeing people whom will appear again later in her next film "The Rider" (2017), making me wonder if that feature was inspired by her interactions during this production. Her documentary/fiction blend in storytelling is a truly fascinating way of filmmaking.

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