What Time Is It There?

What Time Is It There? ★★★★★

***One of the best 150 films I have ever seen.***

Images speak for themselves in Tsai's invigorating cinematic oeuvre. Ni na bian ji dian is almost as symbolic as a modern Lynch masterpiece; Taiwan is shown through a low-class scope where silence plays the most important role in the characters' inner desperation. Life is an enormous chess board: the game is unpredictable and there are several ways in which you can win, but half of the circumstances are out of your control. Besides, the game is too short. Human emotions felt to their most extreme boundaries become, ultimately, in the most intense escapism available. The loneliness of completely separate individuals, both in the physical and spiritual levels, is connected regardless of kilometric distance.


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