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Best Films of 2007 (Various Lists)

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PoP Matters Top 20 International Indie Films of 2007

The reviews come complete with trailers and posters; here's a sample:

Still Life

Director: Jia Zhangke

Cast: Zhao Tao Han Sanming



Still Life

Jia Zhang-ke

Where Mainland Chinese wunderkind Jia Zhang-ke’s first three films registered the influence of gritty Italian Neorealism, Still Life feels more discernibly indebted to Antonioni’s architectural mise-en-scene, a trend that first seemed present in his fourth feature, 2004’s The World. Without sacrificing a shred of empathy for his cautiously optimistic, mostly working class characters, Jia has progressively heightened the formalist nature of his aesthetic, balanced with a few sly surrealist touches. To be sure, Still Life‘s lush, almost tropical locale provides a welcome opportunity for Jia’s career-long DP Nelson Yu Lik-wai to shine. The high-def DV master lends this one a Malick-like view of natural wonder, of ephemeral beauty in peril. The result is a profoundly sad movie--a masterful meditation on loss. Josh Timmerman


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