Dirk Diggler’s review published on Letterboxd:
Part of the Film School Dropouts Challenge
Week 45: Tawainese New Wave
A life-affirming, dense and beautiful depiction of the mundane everyday life shown in the most genuine, understated way probably possible. It is like watching real life unfold, a deceptively simple, incredibly subtle and slow-burning collage of family drama and modern city life with observations about everyday joys and crises. It requires patience, but it remains compelling throughout despite of its deliberate pacing as it gradually gets more and more immersive. Yang's camera is restrained, but there's so many beautifully composed images. It never really hit me hard though, especially not as much as Yang's A Brighter Summer Day which I love, but I think a rewatch in the future would do wonders.