Suzhou River
Suzhou River (2000)

Recalling both Vertigo (1958) and Chungking Express (1994), Chinese director Lou Ye spins this riveting tale of obsession and love. The film opens with shots of the Suzhou River, which is clogged with the detritus and pollution of a rapidly… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 8, 2000
DVD Release Date: October 23, 2001
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

The showy jump cuts and off-kilter close-ups belie an extremely well edited, even supple, piece of work.

David Rooney

A compelling story of love and obsession...

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Michael Dequina

The ambiguity of its story and its lush, painterly images give the film a dreamlike quality, but it taps deep into the soul of genuine, soul-aching romantic longing.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This is well worth checking out.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Lou Ye lays out a ravishing wasteland of femmes fatales and lovelorn tough guys -- all in 79 minutes.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Gorgeous, enigmatic movie that probably adds up to very little, but Ye is a tantalizing imagemaker.

Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

This atmospheric film, even with its self-conscious style, is a show of major talent by Lou.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

An assured exercise in high cinematic style, it references a variety of films and filmmakers -- Alfred Hitchcock not the least of them -- but what it is preeminently is alive and dynamic.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

An appealing little show-off of a movie by a young first-timer practicing his licks.

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