it’s a brilliant movie, but i find the standard it sets is the one i compare novels to rather than other movies. so thoughtfully designed, so expansive, so generous with its sympathy. a film i will spend the rest of my life watching.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'd like to talk about the ending a bit because I think it's quite clever.
Firstly, it parallels the opening scene (a woman walking through an empty building, deciding what to do with all that space) and thus draws an admirably ironic implicit comparison between marriage and starting a career. (We are told earlier that marriage is no cure-all anyways.)
Secondly, I think Ms. Mei's monologue neatly summarizes some of the repeated themes in the film. She states that while…