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Mountains May Depart by Jia Zhangke

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When Jia Zhang-ke begins his latest state-of-China epic with a cannon-blast of Pet Shop Boys'"Go West", one sits up and takes notice.

贾樟柯以宠物店男孩(英国电子流行组合)一曲《西行》,开始了他最新一部中国史诗,炮轰枪击般的曲风引得人正襟危坐、开始留心注意。


Jia shows us a China whose citizens just want to Go West – if not geographically then cognitively. It becomes the movie's marching song, keeping time with its characters' quest for self-determination and social advancement.

贾樟柯展现了这样一个中国:其公民就是想去西方,即便不是地理意义上的西方,也是认知上的西方。这支曲子成了电影的进行曲,顺应电影角色自我决定与社会进步的需求。


For the most part, it centres on a woman called Shen Tao, who lives in the mining town of Fenyang. She's a dance teacher in her early 20s, and is leading an aerobics class in a slightly tatty studio, smiling and bouncing in the moment, with little inkling where the next quarter-century will lead.

多数时候,电影围绕一个叫沈涛的女性展开。沈涛住在矿镇汾阳,20多岁的时候是个舞蹈教师,在一个稍显破旧的练功房带健身操,笑着、跳着,浑然不知接下来的二十五年会带她去何方。


Zhao gives a performance of extraordinary detail and depth of feeling in all three time periods: she's ravishing and butterfly-bright as a young woman, and tight with anxieties as a worried mother a decade and a half later, and returns for the bittersweet and beautiful finale after spending a regrettably large part of the film's third section offscreen.

赵涛(沈涛的扮演者)对三个时间段的细节和情感的刻画都入木三分。年轻时美丽迷人,有如蝴蝶般耀眼,十五年后身为焦虑的母亲又忧心忡忡,还有镜头之外令人扼腕的漫长的第三个阶段,最后一幕喜乐参半、回归美好。


In 1999, she's being courted by two men: Liangzi (Liang Jin Dong), an honest, working-class chap whose ambitions don't run much further than providing for himself and whomever he may end up marrying, and Zhang (Zhang Yi), a petit-bourgeois, slick-haired socialite who's just invested in a local coal mine and has big plans for the future.

1999年,沈涛被两个男子追求,一个是老实的工人阶级青年梁子(梁景东饰演),人生志向不过是自给自足、养得起老婆;另一个是张晋生(张译饰演),是个油头粉面的小资产阶级,投资了当地煤矿,对未来有颇有一番打算的小开。


The choice facing Tao is the same one facing the country at large: settle or trade up? Of course she plumps for the latter, although her flirtations with each makes this the film's most satisfying section.

沈涛面临的选择也是国家所面临的:安心求稳定还是逆流而上?她当然选择后者,尽管她和两人的谈情调笑是整部电影最令观众满足的片段。

It may only be set a decade and a half ago, but the intense stylishness of Jia's images makes it glamorously remote, reinforcing the idea that our steps through the past can't be retraced.

电影不过设置在十五年前,但贾樟柯电影画面强烈的风格营造出绚丽迷人的过往感觉;我们回顾过往的步伐是无法重溯的,影片强化了这一观点。


Dollar embarks on a vaguely oedipal affair with his teacher in a subconscious quest to recreate his failed relationship with his mother, and the film's opening song now rings with sadness.

道乐(沈涛与张晋生之子)与他的老师开始了一场爱恋,隐约含有有几分恋母色彩。道乐下意识里想要重修与母亲破碎的关系,而影片的开场序曲而今听来悲伤。

Mountains May Depart offers a more ambitious and messier treatment of those themes – but its generation-spanning story has serious power, and, in its masterful opening chapter and final sequence, brushes against greatness.

《山河故人》处理其主题大胆而匆忙,但跨代的故事叙述强大有力,开篇和最后的结局近乎卓越。 

2016-06-24

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