Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
Original title: Ai qing Wan sui
Taiwan, 1994. Central Motion Pictures. Screenplay by Tsai Ming-liang, Pi-ying Yang, Yi-chun Tsai. Cinematography by Pen-jung Liao, Ming-kuo Lin. Produced by Hu-pin Chung, Li-Kong Hsu. Production Design by Pao-Lin Lee. Costume Design by Chung-hung Luo. Film Editing by Shia-cheng Sung.
If the study of isolation is your bag, then dive right in to Tsai Ming-Liang’s exasperating but unforgettable drama. An abandoned Taipei apartment serves as the centre of action for two desperate individuals: a real-estate agent who brings her latest pickup back to the as-yet-unsold property for wild sex, and an unhappy young man who finds refuge in the place and decides to attempt suicide there. From there the film follows these two throughout their daily lives, positioning them in places where their solitude is their only means of survival. The images are practically static, and yet Tsai’s direction is so unpretentious and intentional that the result is captivating.