Vive L’Amour (1994)

TSAI MING-LIANG

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

Original title:  Ai qing Wan sui

Taiwan, 1994.  Central Motion Pictures.  Screenplay by Tsai Ming-liang, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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.

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