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Old Stone(老石)

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Canada, China · 2016
1h 22m
Director Johnny Ma
Starring Chen Gang, Nai An, Wang Hongwei, Zebin Zhang
Genre Thriller

In a moment of distraction, taxi driver Lao Shi crashes into an unsuspecting motorist. After an insurance mishap, he finds himself unexpectedly responsible for the victim's hospital bills. Lao Shi endures near economic collapse at the hands of an insurance system built on bureaucratic apathy.

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IndieWire by David Ehrlich

Too obvious and haphazard to boil over with the full caustic fury of its premise, Old Stone is nevertheless a bluntly effective thriller that makes great use of its gritty noir touches.

75 by Glenn Kenny

The ending, while not inapt, also delves into a realm of cinematic overstatement that the movie had up until that time been careful to avoid. While disappointing, it doesn’t wholly mitigate the power of what has come before. This is an engrossing and unnerving film.


The A.V. Club by Mike D'Angelo

It’s too bad that the movie shifts from having too little juice to having too much, because there are hints of a more compelling middle ground.


The Seattle Times by Soren Andersen

Director Ma has made a quietly merciless picture, a horror movie, really, about a decent man, an ordinary man, left alone, bereft, embittered, ruined by his act of decency.


Philadelphia Inquirer by Tirdad Derakhshani

Lean, mean, and utterly compelling, Ma’s beautifully paced and remarkably understated 80-minute thriller Old Stone is a Kafkaesque satire about the soul-crushing effects of bureaucracy.

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