The film has three parts, set in the 1990s, the present and in Australia in the year 2025, respectively.
Mountains May Depart, which jumps through place and time from contemporary China to a futuristic Australia. Starring wife and muse Zhao Tao, it begins in the 1990s, the movie follows Tao and Dong, a young couple in love. Tao later leaves Dao to marry a wealthy mine owner. On his deathbed Dong meets Tao again; she is divorced and her son is exiled in Australia. The story jumps to Tao’s son in Australia in the year 2025. The only word of Chinese he still remembers is his mother’s name.
(2015 Cannes Film Festival).
Cast & Credits
Tells a story divided in three parts into a melodrama of a love triangle. Tao, Zang and Lianzi at the end of 1999 are young people and friends, but both are interested in Tao. From then on and the various decisions they make, they will be passed to a second part, set in 2014, and a third in 2025.
The film has a proposal that amalgamates with the extraordinary flow, allegorical fragments of a broken and confused reality about the past, present and future of China's Asian giant. "Mountains May Depart" can dispel the subtly social portrayal produced in a population marked by accelerated technological progress, where socialist underdevelopment joins the arrival of commodification, causing a clash of identities where broken dreams and deception are perceptible to all. To achieve such an ambitious outcome, Zhangke had a purely linear and structured three major narrative episodes.
Past: The story begins in 1999, during New Year's Day, the first thing we see on screen is a group of friendly characters dancing to the rhythm of "Pet Shop Boys," uncoordinated and unrepentant. Then the script will affect a love triangle that makes clear the differentiation of stratified and bitter classes ...
Present: Here the director introduces the author's credit and his title, beating to present the idea of ??a filmic mind that corresponds to the true beginning of the film (after this prologue about the past) ...
Future: 2025, each character that the initial triangle has been put into practice. One in absolute decrepitude, another in the solitude of breaking the heart and another in the happiness and comfort of a satisfactory family life ...
In general the film, although I liked it, some parts more than others want to do a lot, between ups and downs. No doubt has coherence and concordance, its cinematography is rich in details the soundtrack ends with smooth notes between the transitions of space and time. Yet it seems a remarkable work, a beautiful, sad and brilliant melodrama that has its ups and downs throughout history.