Ah woman, the enduring mystery that can only be unravelled by smart men taking her apart piece by piece and examining her using their rigorous, implacable logic.
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…