Ash Is Purest White ★★★★★

A hundred and forty minutes of watching people lives fall into the maw of time, like sand slipping through one's fingers after lifting a fistful up from a barren dune. A tragic film indeed but also one of the purest humanity. It's a truly soulful experience, filled with great beauty and acting of the highest caliber courtesy of Zhao Tao and Liao Fan. Ash is Purest White is a masterpiece and it once again affirms Jia Zhangke as one of the best filmmakers on Planet Earth. It's a must see.