Actress Zhao Tao’s performance gives ‘Mountains May Depart’ its heart – LA Times

Zhao Tao as Shen Tao in the movie “Mountains May Depart.” (Kino Lorber Inc.)

The moment the extraordinary actress Zhao Tao first appears in “Mountains May Depart,” line dancing to the Pet Shop Boys’ cover of “Go West,” she and writer-director Jia Zhangke (her husband and longtime creative partner) set an exquisitely nuanced mood, at once buoyant and elegiac. As if to confirm the undertow of nostalgia within the pop exuberance, the date “1999” appears on-screen.

Source: Actress Zhao Tao’s performance gives ‘Mountains May Depart’ its heart – LA Times

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