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176 Ratings

Daughter of the Nile

Ni Luo He Nu Er

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien
Taiwan, 1987


A disaffected KFC server looking after her wannabe gangster brother finds her only escape in manga comic books, in this study on absence and detachment, tracing the anomic rhythms of Taipei youth culture.

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Daughter of the Nile Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien
Hou’s extensive use of nighttime exteriors, illuminated by neon lights and, in one unforgettable sequence, fireworks, combine with Lin’s past-tense voice-over narration to make the whole thing float by like a sad and haunting yet beautiful dream. If you have never seen a film by Hou Hsiao-hsien and are curious as to why a lot of critics, including me, consider him the best narrative filmmaker working today, this is an excellent place to start exploring his work.
November 10, 2017
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While Hou’s later portraits of urban alienation can sometimes verge on shrill and even a little judgmental . . . , Daughter of the Nile is pitched in the director’s quietest register . . . Hou has employed this light, delicate touch now and again throughout his career, but Daughter of the Nile represents something special: the kind of modestly crafted masterpiece a director makes just before he comes into recognition of his own stature.
November 03, 2017
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Hou was already a gifted stylist by the time he made the film, which is getting a belated Stateside theatrical run, though he wouldn’t reach full artistic maturity until his next movie, A City Of Sadness. In Daughter Of The Nile, his studious mise-en-scène—which extends to the soundtrack, seasoned with semi-ironic American pop songs—is sometimes lost on the indistinct plotting and narrative continuity.
October 27, 2017
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