Jia Zhangke's films are all set in remote towns in the Chinese director's native province of Shanxi, a rugged, landlocked region bordering Inner Mongolia, but there's hardly a place on earth where they wouldn't hit close to home. His movies map out Venn diagrams of baffled dislocation and futility: Momentous change intersects with corrosive stasis, and everyone is going nowhere fast. Only 32 himself, Jia gravitates toward the young and the dispossessed—underdogs caught in seismic upheavals beyond their control or even comprehension, muddling through with an inchoate mix of pop love, nervous hope, and... More >>>