Set in the 1920 and early 30s, this lush film seems almost timeless.… MoreSet in the 1920 and early 30s, this lush film seems almost timeless. It's about a young woman's life working on a distillery for sorghum liquor in China's eastern provinces. The story seems like a fairy tale until the violence at the end. It is melodramatic, but the cinematography is so luscious and passionate that it is absolutely stunning.
This movie almost would have been better without the lead character.… MoreThis movie almost would have been better without the lead character. Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller) is just utterly unlikable. But so human that we somehow end up sympathizing with him. Noah Baumbach HAS to be one of my favourite screenwriters. What a fascinating character study this is. Maybe not for everyone. But really insightful and provocative.