pedroas’s review published on Letterboxd:
I don't think many people understand the complexities and the simplicities of living (I certainly don't), but I'm starting to believe Edward Yang does.
I love how patient this movie is. It takes its time. It knows that life isn't made up of shots of adrenaline every five minutes. Life is made up of small moments that, strung together, create something meaningful. Did I just describe Yi Yi here?
I hesitate to call the people in this movie "characters". It doesn't feel right. Yang gives us time to think about things, and it only makes these people more real. Hauntingly, delightfully real.
"Yi Yi" is sometimes translated as "A one and a two...". It lets us continue the counting. I hope I can do it on my own.