Vive L'Amour

Vive L'Amour ★★★★½

Reevaluated. Is this the quintessential representation of Generation X disaffection and alienation brought to fiction film? That was Generation X, the last generation to exist before capitalist realism took off (from the 1980s and onwards). And so here is Taipei in the 1990s: a capitalist global hub with its symbols of Budweiser, 7-Eleven, Coca-Cola, etc. And then there are three characters who live among the abandoned aspirations which were the metropolis: a young woman who sells real estate, a young man who peddles clothes on sidewalks, and another who sells commercial ossuaries. Vive L’Amour indeed, but rarely has love been found in this city.