Very strong journeyman-type of work from To in this one, and a great many of the hallmarks of his style are already on display. Some memorable virtuoso sequences and deft elisions of time and flashback mark this film as the work of a future master. The film's flaws are encoded into the maudlin script, but To surmounts them at nearly every turn with sensitive framings of the fine performances from the film's stars.
A straightforward drama about a single father's conflicted responses to the return of his financially successful ex and what it might mean for his relationship with his son. Strong performances all around keeps things going whenever the plot briefly stalls out, and if nothing else, it provides a fascinating glimpse at how minimal To can be. The more active, visceral finale, though, points toward the To to come.