Jordan Cuthbert’s review published on Letterboxd:
A beautifully intimate portrait of a family in turmoil - we see Yang grapple with the perils of relationships, the scattered emotions of people in trouble and the uncertainties of everyday life.
The way in which Edward Yang uses long, fixed shots of his characters interacting in the reflection of windows is something I’ve never seen used to this effect before. The windows almost mirroring the characters inner feelings and struggle, laid bare across the immersive lights, cars and buildings of a city-scape. Yeah, Mr Yang you were a genius.
Also, the question ‘Yang-Yang’ proposes to his father... “I can only see what's in front, not what's behind. So I can only know half of the truth, right?” is one of the most profound things I’ve ever heard. More impressively it comes from the mind of an 8 year-old-boy who seems to have more of a grasp on truth and meaning than anyone else in the film. He’s on a whole different level to the rest, especially with the “avant-garde” photos he captures.
Who knew the back of someone’s head could have so much poignance. Wow...