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  1. lbunuel's rating of the film The River

    The bleakest of Tsai's films, The River is a weird parable that revels in its structural incompleteness. Alienation and despair, typical elements in Tsai's work, are here bathed in a sense of nihilism and dread that doesn't accept redeeming facets: this is a film that feels sick and sickening. The sense of humor is, as usual, point blank - and here it bites even harder.

  2. bryanvmh's rating of the film The River

    Can't get this kink out of my neck

  3. Eric Eidelstein's rating of the film The River

    My favorite Tsai movie! Also, I’ve always had this sort of push and pull with bathhouses. I find them both incredibly hot and incredibly scary. If you’ve watched this film you know which direction I’m leaning into now.

  4. Marlboro_Fawn's rating of the film The River

    A masterpiece. Portrait of a family of strangers, only embracing in the darkness when they believe they're at their most alone. Water connects them- the poisoned titular river, a leak from the ceiling, steam in a bath house- though the realization of this continuum yields little change or reflection. Kang-sheng's constant neck fidgeting still haunts me.

  5. EdieEmm's rating of the film The River

    So many of the film's apparent flaws are, 20 yrs later, Tsai's stylistic strengths, still here being tested; not yet as effective as they will be. More important is the way the oblique story, mood, themes, all seep in relentlessly anyway, like his water. Why does Pen-Jung Liao's cinematography never get mentioned the way, say, Chris Doyle's does? It's perfect. Memory prompt: LKS's Beckett-worthy agonized contortions.

  6. ginobartolomi's rating of the film The River

    A poignantly focused feature of the disjointed & secret lives of a chinese family. They hardly know each other, rarely exchange words, eye leaves a room before another has a chance to enter it -so unfamiliar to each other that they frequently mistake one another for strangers. An underworld shot with such tension you feel you mustn't breathe or even blink for fear of being caught looking in on it.

  7. ruzica's rating of the film The River

    All this pain and darkness makes you uncomfortable, but worth seeing. Still a mystery what has happened, but has to do something with entering into dirty river or being replacement for the doll. Bleak tone contributes to atmosphere greatly; makes life events seem unavoidable.

  8. opandadodavid's rating of the film The River

    Um "espírito maligno" encalacrado no ser deste rapaz que lhe provoca dores no pescoço. As idas ao médico e curandeiros locais não resultam. O problema é mais grave do que parece. Está na sociedade.

  9. Arandhitio Ballagi's rating of the film The River

  10. Il secondo maestro del revolver's rating of the film The River

  11. Güven Şahinkanat's rating of the film The River

    two hour linked to model inside water metaphor ,it likened life to cinema with clichéd language.when Suppressed sexuality becomes clear the moment , this choice started to be seen as a solution to solve the neck problem in a mystic way, the boy surviving from turning into person kind of motionless model in his life .at least this story could told inside a short film...

  12. vxpl's rating of the film The River

    The start was magnificent. Then came the pains and it was uncomfortable to watch. In the end, it was all shocking and kind of gross. Though I liked how it pictured the relationship between family members.

  13. vanessa quintero's rating of the film The River

    everything about this provoked disgust, down to the color schemes and reflections. interesting nonetheless

  14. Royce Jr.'s rating of the film The River

    Is that the same white big fish in What Time is it There??

  15. Adriano Rocha's rating of the film The River

    I expected much more. The scene in which father and son have intercourse absolutely did not convince me. There are interesting moments, however.

  16. Samuel Donath's rating of the film The River

    Couldn't get into this one. The Hole and Wayward Cloud are much better by this talented director.

  17. Warren Spratley's rating of the film The River

    certainly one of the greatest movies ever made

  18. rian's rating of the film The River

    i watched it with my 2 friends, males. you can imagine.

  19. animalcalls's rating of the film The River

    Walking down a hallway of possibilities and connections only leads to further alienation.

  20. willy f's rating of the film The River

  21. Yasser Azmy's rating of the film The River

    I understand if i see 5 stars and 2 stars ratings, this one is the most mixup and dark tsai, i find myself in the middle, strong image by the way

  22. Cependant's rating of the film The River

  23. CarlosEsquives's rating of the film The River

    "The river" en primera parece una historia sobre la tragedia. Es la enfermedad que cala la integridad de un hombre. Es el tránsito de la rutina común al castigo. En paralelo, una temática ya conocida por Ming-liang, la soledad. Es lo íntimo que intenta convivir con el drama del hijo. Por último, el erotismo como una respuesta a esa intimidad. La sexualidad como una reacción al dolor o el pesar, el ajeno o propio.

  24. José Neves's rating of the film The River

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