"Tu sareste capace di piantere tutto e ricominciare la vita da capo?"
To love is to run the risk of failure... the risk of betrayal. You fear your love has died? Perhaps it is waiting to be transformed into something higher.
This is Malick at his minimalist best. There is very little dialogue between characters, or even as voice over. The film's language is almost entirely visual. Everything you need to understand happens within the frame. It is what is said with the eyes, the fingers. It is beautiful, heartbreaking emotion on screen.
This film is a masterpiece. Period, end of the story. Every single scene is meticulously crafted and executed. Tarkovsky applies each and every technique that he has learned and mastered over the years and solidifies himself as a master of cinema. An artist. An expert. An auteur. I'd be lying if I said I did not cry. I cried twice. Once at the beginning, and once at the end. The opening credits hadn't even finished, and I was in tears.…
'The Terrorizers' is not at the same level with Yang's two most famous films - but it's pretty damn close. Melancholic throughout, all of the loosely connected characters are stricken by Antonioni-like ennui in a modernized, concrete Taipei, reflecting on lives that are heading in unwelcome directions. The ending(s) feel abrupt given the careful build-up, but the style and beauty of Yang's later gems are also displayed here.