An Elephant Sitting Still
- 3h 50m
Four people in a Chinese city live through a complicated day as their lives intersect.Four people in a Chinese city live through a complicated day as their lives intersect.Four people in a Chinese city live through a complicated day as their lives intersect.
After completing this bleak film the director, 29 years old, killed himself. It is a four-hour testament to what the lack of hope feels like. The scenes, characters and stories melt into each other. The camerawork is up close and personal, and it seems like a continuous take. The ambient sound of traffic is occasionally broken by calming electronic music. Having recently been to China I experienced some of the concrete, indifference and cruelty envisioned here by Hu Bo. Yet I also witnessed wonders and beauty in the natural world, city streets and people's hearts that provide perspective and counter points to all the misery. In this sense An Elephant Sitting Still is a wakeup call to what we might become unless we can harness our better instincts and natures. As such the film is wonderful, insightful and mesmerizing. Four and a half of five stars.
- Dec 25, 2019