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An Elephant Sitting Still

7.7
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Original title
Da xiang xi di er zuoaka
AKA
  • An Elephant Sitting Still
Year
Running time
230 min.
Country
China China
Director
Screenwriter
Hu Bo
Cinematography
Fan Chao
Cast
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Producer
Dongchun Films
Genre
Drama
Synopsis / Plot
In the northern Chinese city of Manzhouli, they say there is an elephant that simply sits and ignores the world. Manzhouli becomes an obsession for the protagonists of this film, a longed-for escape from the downward spiral in which they find themselves. Among them is schoolboy Bu, on the run after pushing Shuai down the stairs, who was bullying him previously. Bu's classmate Ling has run away from her mother and fallen for the charms of her teacher. Shuai's older brother Cheng feels responsible for the suicide of a friend. And finally, along with many other characters whose fates are inextricably bound together, there's Mr. Wang, a sprightly pensioner whose son wants to offload him onto a home. In virtuoso visual compositions, the film tells the story of one single suspenseful day from dawn to dusk, when the train to Manzhouli is set to depart.
Awards
2018: BAFICI: Official Selection (Out of Competition)
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