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Indie Focus: Spirits renewed in ‘The Mustang’

At the New York Times, A.O. Scott wrote about the on-screen relationship between Jia and Zhao, who is both the filmmaker’s frequent collaborator and real-life wife, noting, “At once delicate and indomitable, down to earth and otherworldly, she has come to figure in his filmography as both an Everywoman and a quasi-mythic being, a woman whose heroism resides in her refusal to disappear. From film to film, playing a variety of characters, she moves through industrial wastes and high-rise developments, night life and factory work, love and crime, wielding her individuality as a shield and a weapon.”