Yi Yi ★★★★★

Yang Yang and Ting Ting are me.
The most authentic and true to life film I have ever seen, a heart-wrenching, funny, moving, film that glides through its 3 hour running time with ease, always captivating. As a Taiwanese-American, I knew what it was like to feel those feelings, to do (or at least think of doing) those things, to say those words. The actors give astonishingly natural and true performances, the script is flawless, and Yang makes the structure all work, with daring long takes and perfect framing. This is a film with a beating heart, a fundamental compassion for every character, a perfect balance of the family's perspectives, and a great piece of cinema. Films like this are why cinema lives.

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