Liyan and Yuwen live in post-war torpor, childless but with Liyan’s school-aged sister. He coughs, imagining he has TB; Yuwan embroiders; they sleep in separate rooms. A surprise visit from Liyan’s boyhood friend Zhang, a big city physician, wakes up the household.
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There are no boring movies. There are movies that people fail to appreciate. Of course, not every movie is made with you in mind. As most people have mentioned, the movie starts off slow. There are these people with their repressed emotions, and they're all like time-bombs waiting to go off. Great acting and cinematography.
Possibly the greatest remake I've ever seen. If it wasn't for my personal attachment towards the original (and its impossible/unreachable standard for any film to reach) I'd have rated this one higher.
What a beautiful and touching film. Echoes of "The Postman Always Rings Twice" only without the sordid noir elements. Explores the bonds of friendship, the reality and illusions of love and desire, the differences between what we have and what we believe we want and could\should have had and what happens when we realize how very wrong we are.
Superb cinematography by Lee Ping Bing. The deliberateness of Tian's script and direction made it feel more like a play than a film. Beckett and Ibsen came to mind. Every movement, every utterance, weighed heavy. Ran about twenty minutes too long though.
a potent yet incredibly restrained potion of internalized drama and patient direction. it's easy to see how the dynamics of this film inspired wong kar-wai's "in the mood for love". the ordinary motifs of emotional eruption; a broken window, a tearful epiphany, even a suicide, take on entirely new notes in this fine, quiet film.
cette oeuvre distinguée au festival de Venise en 2002, par le prix San Marco, distille une certaine grâce diffuse et tenace dans la mise en scène, avec une constante fluidité dans la prise de vue et une parfaite harmonie dans la conjonction des différentes séquences, avec en prime une fine et rigoureuse interprétation des cinq comédiens principaux... www.cinefiches.com