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.
this is as much cinema, as a blue line on white canvas is art. The best part of this film is reading other people rave about how great this 'film' is. Set up some cameras around your house randomly, edit them together. Congrats you are now worthy of 4.3 stars on Mubi. Film like this are why I don't trust anyone's reviews on this site.
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Touching in the most humble, unextravagant way. 'Family' not as dramatic phrases or loopy conflicts or "son, we just want you to be happy" endings. Family as everyday moments in life, little moments like making dumplings that flow by way too quickly in this short lifespan of ours.
I must say, I began this movie with the utmost trepidation, but oh my goodness, what a revelation! Director Liu has invented a mode that I can only think to call "humanist rigor". It's Akerman's absolute precision of technique but infused with such warmth and detail to create a completely moving family portrait. I loved these people and could have watched them being themselves all day. Unique aesthetic experience.
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