Western Trunk Line
Zhang Deng Feng, Li Jie, Shen Jia Ni, Yang Xin / Fiction / Mandarin
A striking, melancholic study of family displacement and coming-of-age.
Xigandao, Northern China, just after the Cultural Revolution. Bored teenager Li Siping passes his time cheating, stealing, spying on female factory workers, and striving to fix the old radio that will give him a link to the outside world. His aimless yearnings finally find a focus when Yu Xueyan, a sophisticated and beautiful young musician from Beijing, comes to live and work in the town. Can love save this loner - or does fate have other ideas? Truly stunning cinematography and a gentle yet gripping narrative raise Li Jixian's second feature beyond the ordinary. His depiction of lives gone awry in a tiny industrial community has an otherworldly quality that will stay with you long after you leave the cinema. DH
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