Life After Life

  • Directed by Zhang Hanyi
  • China, 2016, 80 mins., Mandarin

A young boy becomes possessed by his late mother, whose spirit has wandered Shanxi Province’s disintegrating cave homes for years. With the help of his supernatural-phenomenon-accepting father, they set out to replant a special tree before she can depart the world. In ethereal, beautifully composed sequences of a barren rural-industrial village on the edge of collapse, Zhang captures the spectral gap between life and the hereafter. “A Chinese ghost story with a difference, its characters—man or ghost—struggling in an absurd world at once strangely hilarious and eerily terrifying.”—Hollywood Reporter.

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