Mountains May Depart

Mountains May Depart ★★★★

eroding pasts and, subsequently, futures in the name of "progress"

jia fills this film with all kinds of gorgeous & subtle complimentary compositions, as any story that deals with the cyclical is bound to do (the opening & closing ones, in particular), but the matching shots of planes - one carrying seeds to replant a local forest, the other tao's estranged son - signalling the helplessness & agony of an irreparable stasis absolutely floored me. history (emotional & otherwise) informs our future, so we better learn to reconcile the two.