Saturday, August 22, 2009

Still Life - film

I watched a very good film last night called Still Life. It's a Chinese film about two different people looking for their long-lost spouses in a time of mass social relocation. It takes place in a town on the Yangtze River called Fengjie which is going through the process of being submerged with the building of the Three Gorges Dam. It's a very slow, meditative film. I would love to see this on a big screen.

The plot is simple yet there are layers of subtext going on about relationships, the landscape, the dismantling of a town, etc that are interesting to think about. One of the layers, however, is most interesting and it kept me up in the middle of the night wondering. It involves a building suddenly taking off like a rocket. In a film that was otherwise very much right on the ground and real, this sort of grabs your attention. Well, mine. Anyways, I liked the filum.

Here's a trailer for the film:

In true Marniestyle, I've had the DVD rented out and it's about 5 days overdue, which will likely cost me 10 bucks or so, and as I was searching for the trailer for this post I stumbled across the whole bloody film on Youtube for free, lol. :-)

So grab a bowl of noodles and enjoy.


  1. Was gonna cook and find something 2 watch from information super highway. Not anymore. Now I'm gonna raid my chocolate stash and watch that 1. Thanks 4 saving my saturday night. Yeah, I'm lame.. :(

  2. Ha! Well that was my Friday night... except with feta cheese and veggies instead of chocolate.

    That will probably be my Saturday night too... though with a different film (if I find one I like). So, that's even lamer! :-P

  3. At least it's not the R5L football phone-in....

  4. Ah..... you too Jayne. And I thought I was the only one..... It's West Ham v Tottenham right now! So who's the lamest?

  5. BBC Radio Five Live.... it's the BBc's sports radio station. So if you're ever desperate to listen to a live footie match, Marnie....and I know you will be... that's the one to tune in to.

  6. Ah yes, Radio Five... I was going to say, 'Oh, too bad that I can't listen to it from here' but oh, too bad, I can! :-P