It's remarkable mostly that this film exists; that enough people with money wanted it to happen. I love the cruising scene with Mathieu Amalric and the scene in the mirror between Ardant and Leaud. And then there's that ridiculous and lovely Salome slaughterhouse scene.
I can't decide about this piece. In some ways, I feel like Tsai has flourished and manifested himself onto celluloid in a most cumulative way. His ideas are stretched and his vision is pushed. There are times it doesn't add up. A great portion of the film struck me a choppy, but I still cannot resist Tsai's lilt, humor, and charm.
Master Tsai's films just kept growing growing like huge tree branches... constantly diverging, expanding and always inspiring and touching somewhere deeply. I met him last year when FACE was screening in Taiwan. He has so much heart into his own films even still today. One of the sweetest man and the deepest film artist.
Just saw Visage at the Rotterdam Film Festival. Tsai introduced the movie as his "Self-Portrait but not really a autobiography". Overall it is less accessible then his earlier work and the 3 "story lines" never really interact. However, Tsai is massively playing around with the possibilities of cinema, without any pressure for success or fear of failure. It's just pure love for the movies. Watch it with a open heart.