Teens goofing around at the video game arcade. Teens checking out spider facts on their phones. Teens washing the corpses of the recently deceased.
A combination of rank incompetence and will-this-do indifference is briefly elevated by an unending nightmare chase through a real life mardi gras parade that appears to drag on for two days and a night before ending in a nonsensical graveyard showdown.
People called Rififi groundbreaking when it presented its central heist scene in complete silence. Dale Berry goes one better here and presents it with neither sound nor vision. One minute our wicked ladies are planning their heist, the next…
This is a glacially paced study of three desperately lonely people who all live alone in the same Taipei apartment, often at the same time.
On a fairly superficial level, Ming-liang Tsai appears to be Taiwanese cinema's answer to Bela Tarr. We get long, stately shots of Mei, Ah-jung and Hsaio-ang going about their daily lives, sitting in bare rooms, smoking, sleeping. There are moments of deadpan humour and tenderness but the overwhelming impression is one of urban isolation. These…