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Streaming: the best film at Cannes 2019 not to win a prize?

Having missed out in a vintage year at Cannes, Diao Yinan’s dazzling The Wild Goose Lake is now available to stream – joining some of this fine director’s earlier workThe further it recedes in the rearview mirror, the more last year’s Cannes competition looks like an exceptionally good vintage. This week, British cinema audiences can […]

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‘Wild Goose Lake’: A Stylish Crime Noir Could Still Use More Narrative Cohesion [Cannes Review]

An overstuffed, stylish crime story about an unpredictable underground world, impressive visual poetry might be on display again in Yinan Diao’s “The Wild Goose Lake,” his latest action-noir, but narrative cohesion is sorely lacking. Following the visually-dazzling 2014 Berlinale-winning, “Black Coal, Thin Ice,” Diao’s most recent, ‘Goose Lake,’ is similarly themed. But it’s ultimately a […]

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‘The Wild Goose Lake’ Review: Diao Yinan Delivers a Ravishing but Unfocused Chinese Noir

An invigorating, poetic, and discretely brilliant Chinese noir that adds up to less than the sum of its parts, Diao Yinan’s “The Wild Goose Lake” can’t help but feel like a mild comedown from the director’s Berlinale-winning 2014, “Black Coal, Thin Ice.” To some degree, that disappointment may have been inevitable, as Yinan’s five-year-old masterpiece […]

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