Still Life is a masterfully delivered film and confirms Jia Zhang-ke as China's foremost director of our time. The film takes place in the boom town landscape along the banks of the rising Three Gorges Pond. Cities are being demolished and submerged and people are being driven away, while the area has become a magnet for entrepreneurs, bandits and others in search of more or less easy money. As a narrative companion, we are presented to two people who have both come here to find missing spouses. Both of them achieve their goals over time, with different intentions.