(out of 5)
Tsai Ming-Liang was commissioned by the Louvre Museum to make a film set within its walls, and the artistry of this Taiwanese master has not been in any way diluted by its unusual setting (he has actually made a film in Paris before, What Time Is It There, in which he first collaborated with Jean-Pierre Léaud). Tsai puts his usual mesmerizing, challenging style towards a tribute to his beloved Francois Truffaut, featuring his usual star Kang-sheng Lee as a filmmaker whose production seems to be beset by stalled energy. Fanny Ardant (who is also Truffaut’s widow) is luminous as a producer who is frustrated by technical difficulties and the mysterious personality of the film’s star (Leaud), while Laetitia Casta performs musical numbers (lip-synching to Mandarin) that display Tsai’s love of classic musicals. It will be frustrating hell for the more conventional viewer, while those who have loved this incredible filmmaker’s earlier works like The Hole will be thrilled.
Directed by Tsai Ming-liang
Screenplay by Tsai Ming-liang
Cinematography by Pen-jung Liao
Music by Jean-Claude Petit
Costume Design by Christian Lacroix
Film Editing by Jacques Comets