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Welcome to another installment of our monthly feature in which a rotating cast of film critics hold forth on the highs and lows of month of moviegoing. Kaili Blues This impressive debut feature by Bi Gan, who was all of 26 when he made it, contains the undisputed Shot of the Month, a 40-minute take that comprises most of the film’s latter half. The marathon sequence, a sort of lucid bobbing and weaving that...
Kaili Blues Directed by Gan Bi Opens May 20 at the Metrograph It’s easy to read Kaili Blues through first-time director Gan Bi’s background as a poet, given its elliptical narrative and emphasis on allusive beats and lyrical imagery. But such an approach might miss just how remarkably focused on material and sensual elements this stylistically astonishing debut is. It’s not that poetry isn’t central to the film—which occasionally pauses for recitations of enigmatic shards of poetry...