The director shows herself and her parents only with fixed camera positions, with which she revolves around the kitchen table. The rigorously minimalist story emerges in real time: the time it takes to prepare and eat Chinese dumplings together.
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Utterly talentless Chinese woman cashes in on the current fashionable anything-can-be-art mindset of those devoid of standards and taste by fobbing off her home movies as minimalist masterpiece. Because we're all supposed to decry the pleasures of cinema - photography, editing, event and the like - while masochistically embracing "anti-cinema." Pas pour moi! Doubt I'll ever see Oxhide III: The Family Does the Dishes.
When I first heard of this film I thought it sounded like a real patience test, understandably so, 133 minutes made up of only 9 static takes may sound that way but this is quite the opposite. It's monumental cinema, rarely have I ever felt the presence of human beings and their little quirks and personalities so strongly in a film. Tradition, preparation and humanity, it's one of the finest I've seen in a while. 5/5
Ever since I learned about the strange Western(?) practice about time capsules, I've wondered what kind of things should ppl put in them... You don't want carefully constructed items not representative of the culture, nor any mass produced junk... But now! this home video is a perfect candidate! As one of your average Chinese growing up in the 90s, I'm pretty sure j'ai déjà vu. Time to finally learn how to dumpling.
7 fixed camera angles and a continuous single take of a father, mother and daughter preparing dumplings for dinner. No soundtrack, just them talking. "How should I chop the chives? Each bit should be the same length as the width of the leaf. How you can you use chives as a reference for chopping chives? You've got a point." Very unassuming. Quietly beautiful.
The cinema of real life. You either have the ability to appreciate it or you do not. Films of this type force the audience to not just look but to see. For those who do, there are many small pleasures to be found.