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Bi Gan’s ambitious and frequently astonishing film firmly establishes him as one of today’s most exciting and adventurous filmmakers. As its English title suggests, this ravishing and rapturous fever dream of a film leads the viewer on a nocturnal, labyrinthine voyage, one that both reveals and conceals a world of passion and intrigue.

Bi cites a bevy of influences: the novels of Roberto Bolaño and the film recalls the landmark cinema of Wong Kar-wai, David Lynch, and Andrei Tarkovsky. With talismanic cues and motifs of uncanny doubling, the film is bisected, with its first half recast through a vertiginous, trance-inducing, hour-long single take. A hushed, hypnotic study of hazy memory, lost time, and one of the most exquisite and beguiling films of the year.

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