What is that strange structure in Jia Zheng-ke's Still Life (2006)? I won't tell. Besides, I don't have enough word count to get into it. Despite the fact that Still Life has been on the circuit for nearly two years, it's tethered to a 75 words or less hold review for SFIFF51 press; the rationale being that it hasn't opened theatrically in San Francisco yet.
Ever respectful of such tethers, I offer my write-up on Still Life in 75 "words" or less:
Brussat, Frederic & Maryann
Hoover, Travis McKenzie
Parks, J. Robert
Phew! I'd best stop before I go over the limit. As a pertinent aside, however, Joel Shepard—who wrote the capsule for the SFIFF51 program—has advised that he's bringing Jia Zheng-ke's related documentary Dong (2006), as well as his most recent film Wuyong (Useless, 2007) to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts June 26-29, 2008. Finally, San Franciscans will be caught up!