Yi Yi ★★★★★

As he did with "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" for The Terrorizers, Yang builds here toward a crucial, music-driven scene with "Moonligh Sonata"; I think these are the moments when the films reveal themselves, laying bare their emotive (and painful) undercurrents. Music isn't a crutch, but rather the purest, most affective register possible. Every scene here feels modulated toward the film's precise architecture. What I've fallen so in love with, though, is simply Yi Yi's willingness to face such difficult feelings.

"...I feel I am old, too."

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