Across two continents, three chapters, and the 25 years between 1999 and 2025, we watch one scattered family chase a vision of success that remains heartbreakingly out of reach. Small-town schoolteacher Tao is courted by Liangzi, a coal miner who has loved her his whole life. But she chooses to marry a newcomer to their village, the flashier and more wealthy Zhang, with whom she has a son named Dollar. When the couple divorces years later, she gives up custody of the boy, calculating that he will have greater opportunities living in Australia with his businessman father. But as life moves on, the price paid by those who trusted wealth to bring them happiness and love becomes wrenchingly clear. A haunting meditation on contemporary China, “Jia is modern cinema’s greatest poet of drift and the uncanny, slow-motion feeling of massive and inexorable change.”—New York Film Festival. (Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles)
“Few filmmakers working today look as deeply at the changing world as Mr. Jia does, or make the human stakes as vivid.”—The New York Times‘s Manohla Dargis on Mountains May Depart.