The Wild Goose Lake

The Wild Goose Lake

The Wild Goose Lake

A gangster finds himself on the run, prepared to sacrifice everything for his family in this Chinese crime noir from the director of Black Coal, Thin Ice. Nominated for the Palme d'Or, Quentin Tarantino famously crashed the film's first screening at the Cannes film festival.

2019Rating: MA15+, Strong violence, sex and sexual violence113 minsChina, FranceChinese with English subtitles
CrimeDramaWorld Cinema
Director:
Diao Yinan ('Black Coal, Thin Ice', 'Night Train', 'Uniform')
Writer:
Diao Yinan
Cast:
Fan LiaoLun-Mei KweiGe HuRegina WanDao Qi

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The Wild Goose Lake / Reviews

IndieWire

IndieWire

An invigorating, poetic, and discretely brilliant Chinese noir that adds up to less than the sum of its parts...

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The Age

The Age

Diao is a master of both settings and set-pieces. Unfortunately, the characters and plot twists are much less compelling.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

The film's masterstroke is that its fugitive antiheroes are framed by an environment that reflects their criminal lives back at them.

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The Australian

The Australian

Visually, the film, set in the city of Wuhan, is most impressive.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Perhaps the world (Yinan) creates is a bit too scattered for its own good, but you will still want to melt inside its stunning, riotous glow.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

What it all adds up to has some of the unevenness of a nightmare...

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Sight & Sound

Sight & Sound

Flashbacks, a frenetic pace and striking set pieces combine to make this near-abstract crime movie... an exhilarating if skin-deep experience.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

The film is an exercise in style, derivative in some ways and original in others. In action sequences, Diao's panning camera movements can suggest a less austere version of the Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien: characters will drop out of sight before the camera catches up with them again, or we'll see them skulking round corners, trying to glimpse others who then come into view.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

"The Wild Goose Lake" is unapologetically down-and-dirty B-movie filmmaking, but with its stealth social commentary and matter-of-fact bleakness, you would never call it escapist entertainment.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

It's a rare privilege, to watch an artist level up in this way.

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Time Out

Time Out

What it sometimes lacks in clarity it easily makes up for with its stunning, memorable visual games.

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Variety

Variety

Like an organic feature of the Chinese cinematic landscape, as though it pooled onto the screen in all its oily, murky glory, having welled up from deep inside the ground.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Some of the film’s romance, and its fatalism, did not have the piercing impact as the visual masterstrokes. But there’s no doubting Diao’s style.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A film that doesn’t hit you like a tidal wave as much as it gradually washes over you, leaving in its wake a series of memorable set-pieces and a dense, dark web of violence and fatality.

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