Still Life

Extremely beautiful.
-David Denby, THE NEW YORKER
Deeply humane.
Both a docudrama with obvious social and historical relevance and a subtle, slow, quietly powerful chronicle of human loss.
-Andrew OHehir, SALON.COM
A modern master of postmodern discontent, Jia Zhang Ke is among the most strikingly gifted filmmakers working today.
-Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES
*** ½ - Un film d une grande force poétique (...),contemplatif, impressionniste, d une indolence langoureuse et qui regorge d images saisissantes.
Une sublime et mélancolique méditation sur le temps. Magistral.
**** Un voyage hypnotique.


The Three Gorges dam is the largest electricity-generating facility in the world. A lake approximately 650 km long will form behind it, forcing the relocation of more than 1 million people and permanently flooding many villages. The town of Fengie is already under water, but its new neighborhood hasn’t been finished yet, turning the inhabitants into refugees of progress. Still Life distills the melancholy and apprehension of the villagers as they attempt to come to terms with their new environment. They begin to let their old lives wash away and attempt to build new ones. Director Jia Zhang-ke, a supremely gifted visual artist with profound understanding for character and narrative, brings forth a critically acclaimed film of lyrical beauty that highlights China’s new reality.

Theatrical Release Date

Friday, November 23, 2007
Original Languages: Mandarin
Genre: Drama, World Cinema
Running Time: 108 min.
Year: 2006


Han Sanming
Zhao Tao
Zhang Ke Jia