A director torn by competing values: a subtle, observant approach vs. sentimentality. One embraces ambiguity & wonder & is truly intimate. The other fears this, & comforts with clichéd certainty & literalism. He mistrusted his deeper instinct. Plot quantity ok, but needed courage to push past the superficial. Blatant in Sam/Jacky plot, but undermines them all. Same with a linking structure that screams artificiality.
An overly ambitious number of disparate elements, hamfisted together in a contrived and ultimately unconvincing attempt at coherence. Moments of staggering cinematic beauty alongside distractingly tacky video editing... Deeply touching character studies intercut with weak and insubstantial "parallel plots"... The one consistency being, sadly, the cheaply sentimental piano theme. An amateurish. disappointing misfire.
Quiet and amazing film. "We'll always be together, till the end, right?" one teenage girls messages to another by phone. The blind and deaf woman types "sadly sometimes even true love can be broken, oh dear." Later we hear from her autobiography, "Determination can conquer the most difficult and discouraging things." Christine Sham piano music is great.
3.5 - the themes of isolation being dealt with in a number of situations, whether it be due to actual physical ailment (blindness and deafness), societal norms regarding standards of beauty or one's sexuality were, overall, wonderfully assessed. voyeurism, sound editing highlighting ambient noise and a distinct lack of dialogue truly illuminate the idea of alienation and separation.
Definitely a unique movie. I really wasn't a fan of the first half, but the second half was remarkably better. Two of the three stories weren't very strong, leaving the movie to be carried by the story of the woman with the double handicap. I liked the soundtrack until they played the same song over every other "emotional" scene. Everything felt so forced that most of the big moments missed their mark for me.
Music was very annoying and the three stories were forced together. Interesting use of subtitles (used instead the voice-over) and interesting how different way to communicate are used, paradoxically through conversation lack. The scenes without soundtrack are good, with good use of nonaction.
Delicate description of love and solitude. Just few words in a full movie to describe so well feelings make this movie very beautiful and touching. Lovely music. The story of the old man that still sees his wife is amazing as the first shot of his shop that closes and never open again till the end.