So Long, My Son ★★★

Pretty effective melodrama, with a jumbled narrative timeline that I ended up going along with but I'm not sure was really worth the early confusion, though it does create an interesting perspective on the passage of time, something that this branch of Chinese arthouse cinema (hi Jia) seems pretty interested in from what I can tell given my limited exposure to it. Does it really need to be 3 hours though ? I think not.