All Films Watched in 2020, Ranked / 2019 Films, Ranked (Continued) / 5 Star Films
An Elephant Sitting Still 022320 on The Criterion Channel:
”Why are you so positive about your future?”
Four stories, one day. Depressing, tragic, bold, and intelligent. Undeniably beautiful and mesmerizing. Periods of raw, purposeful silence punctuate tense emotion and create a contemplative, lonely atmosphere. The tracking shots are gorgeous, as are the score and color palette. Every line is delivered like it’s the most important line in the film.
”I’m like this, you’re like this. It’s always been like this.”
I’ve never seen something so sad and soul-crushing. A mere examination of humanity, with 4 hours to immerse yourself. The ending is numbing. Hu Bo’s intensely passionate…