An Elephant Sitting Still (2018)

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Avg Rating: 4.6 / 5. Voted: 17

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AKA: Da xiang xi di er zuo
Directed by: Bo Hu
Starring: Yu Zhang (Yu Cheng), Yuchang Peng (Wei Bu), Uvin Wang (Huang Ling), Congxi Li (Wang Jin)
Country: China, Asian Cinema
Language: Mandarin (English subtitles)
Runtime: 03:54:04
Genres: Depression, Old-Young Relationships, Siblings-Family, Teens

Plot – Spoilers:
A 4-hour long work of mastery capturing a day in the lives of mostly miserable characters living dreary lives in a Chinese province.

A few teenagers study at a school that’s soon to be shut down and their futures aren’t predicted to be anything beyond becoming roadside vendors. The Vice Dean of the school has seduced one of the girls and inexplicably, sees a personal future that’s better than that of his students. A couple of the boys have the immediate concern of dealing with a bully who’s accused them of stealing his phone. The bully’s brother is a feared gang leader who is also world-weary, having just witnessed his friend jump off a balcony after he slept with his wife. An old ex-armyman is being pushed into a depressing retirement home by his son.

In the midst of all their hopelessness, there’s the legend of an elephant claimed to be a sort of stoic monk. This elephant now becomes an aspirational figure for several of the characters, as they get convinced that nothing about life really changes. And as night draws, all the characters will cross paths and affect or depress each other furthermore.

Unfortunately, we will not see any more from director Bo Hu as he killed himself shortly after completing this film.

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Dan
Dan
September 10, 2020 9:12 am

Absolutely superb. I’m really depressed about the fact this guy won’t make any more movies, it looked like an iconic voice was being born.

Lidia
Lidia
October 4, 2020 10:38 pm

He comitΓ©d suicide with only 29.
Only 1 movie.
I think he was a visionar.
Rip hu Bo.

Matisse Famke
Matisse Famke
March 18, 2021 4:37 am

Hu Qian was theoretically quixotic and chimerical. This film elucidates affectivity with a profound obeisance.

Glum.Sullen
Glum.Sullen
Reply to  Matisse Famke
June 14, 2021 3:30 am

I love this troll account.

Sid Vicious
Sid Vicious
Reply to  Matisse Famke
December 31, 2021 9:08 am

what the hell does that mean?

Gunslingerx
Gunslingerx
Reply to  Sid Vicious
December 31, 2021 9:35 pm

This person works out something bland to say, then rabbit fucks a thesaurus until something that sounds intelligent but, upon closer inspection, due to the irksome inaptness of the wordage they use, is sesquipedalian, verbose rubbish, comes out.

See, I can do it, too.

An_Oldboy
An_Oldboy
Reply to  Gunslingerx
May 4, 2022 10:10 am

On reading ‘rabbit fucks a thesaurus’ I chocked on my beer .. lmao

Matisse Famke
Matisse Famke
Reply to  Gunslingerx
June 5, 2022 4:13 am

“Rabbit fucks a thesaurus”… I have no moratorium irrefragable dubiety that you rabbit fuck your wife πŸ™‚

Matisse Famke
Matisse Famke
Reply to  Gunslingerx
June 5, 2022 4:27 am

Thesaurus… Its connotative of ‘Treasure’ Oh, at least your linguistics assiduity is fecund…

Matisse Famke
Matisse Famke
Reply to  Gunslingerx
June 5, 2022 4:42 am

Can’t say I’ve attempted to “rabbit fuck” anything before… But I’d cordially spit in your mouth whilst you demonstrate it for me πŸ™‚

Matisse GET A LIFE
Matisse GET A LIFE
Reply to  Matisse Famke
June 5, 2022 4:47 am

Another person taking permanent residence in your empty head πŸ™‚

Matisse Famke
Matisse Famke
Reply to  Matisse GET A LIFE
June 5, 2022 5:05 am

Bless, look at you little one right on my tail continuously, desirous of my deliberation. Can’t play this evening, my apologies… There’s always Roblox for your RP fetish, child. πŸ™‚

Some twat
Some twat
Reply to  Matisse Famke
June 5, 2022 11:03 am

Matisse is a funny fucker LOL I mean “linguistics assiduity is fecund” does that even mean something? Does it mean that someone shit on your pasta?!

Matisse Famke
Matisse Famke
Reply to  Gunslingerx
June 5, 2022 5:49 am

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Joey
Joey
Reply to  Matisse Famke
June 21, 2022 10:16 pm

This is the only site where I actually like the trolls more than the real coments lol

kvothe
kvothe
January 2, 2022 8:13 am

enjoyable, but it got difficult to pay attention to; 4 hours was a little excessive in my opinion, but it was worth the time to watch at least once.