What Time Is It There?

What Time Is It There? ★★★★

Tsai Ming-liang understands the power of images, though in reducing his films to a series of images shows a need to see how little can be said and still convey an understandable reality. It’s sometimes frustrating and often confusing, forcing thoughtful examination of what is trying to be said. Slow cinema doesn’t have to be boring, though overtly intellectual ideas only work if they’re balanced with something entertaining. What Times Is It There? gives the driest humor possible to justify it’s existence, though even that has to be sought in some shots to work. This is a film that needs engagement to work, helping and hindering its place in cinema history.

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