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8.2
/10
1,239 Ratings

Vive l'amour

Ai qing wan sui

Directed by Tsai Ming-liang
Taiwan, 1994
Drama, Romance, LGBT+

Synopsis

The film focuses on three city folks who unknowingly share the same apartment: Mei, a real estate agent who uses it for her sexual affairs; Ah-jung, her current lover; and Hsiao-ang, who’s stolen the key and uses the apartment as a retreat.

Our take

A tender triptych on loneliness and urban alienation à la Antonioni, Vive l’amour is the breakthrough (and Golden Lion-winning) sophomore feature from Taiwan’s Tsai Ming-liang, one of our greatest directors: a master of contemplative cinema, deadpan humor, and wry melancholy.

Vive l'amour Directed by Tsai Ming-liang

Critics reviews

It is in fact deliberately paced and in perfect unison with the char-actor. Re-presenting the mental landscape of the character, as if in a thinking bubble, the pan is not only neatly orchestrated and highly articulated but also allows the contingency of reality (the weather, the noises and the landscape) to slip in and become crucial parts of the mise en scène.
December 17, 2012
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Part of Tsai’s repertoire is his infamous medium close-ups, often head-on, but an equally crucial portion is comprised of a spectrum from medium to long shots through which Tsai alternatingly frames the expanse of a whole room, threads through doorways and hallways, or shows two characters seated alone together. The camera takes its cues as much from the space as from the character, a jarring approach in the motivation-driven grammar of conventional narrative.
December 07, 2004
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