Watching this was like peering into a well-documented diary of the whole family that I shouldn't be able to. One scene that still stays with me after most recollection lost is when the women cried alone in her boudoir, "What am I living for?" Incredibly personal and complex.
A profound film that transcends description in its most intimate moments. Not the dramatic elements that push the narrative along, but the muted scenes afterwards that we often find ourselves dwelling on throughout the day in our own lives. Edward Yang is so gifted, and his pacing here makes the long run-time fly by. Also, I can't think of many film characters I've loved more than Yang-Yang.
I consider Edward Yang one of the greatest film auteurs of all time, and his swan song is a directorial masterwork on authenticity, doubles, and lies. This is narratively and aesthetically complex, dazzling in scope and mysterious in its poetry. I have seen it three times, and I am still very far from reaching its core.
Begins with a wedding and ends with a death whilst inbetween we see various suituations on relationships, first loves, wedding difficulties, long lost old flames and psychopath boyfriends for some reason. There's also a theme of spying, looking through glass windows, from afar and mirrors. We are the voyeurism watchers of this film taking notes on the inevitable themes that will happen to our on love life one day.
I think all the stuff I could tell you... You must I'll find out where you've gone. If I do, can I tell everyone, and bring them to visit you? Grandma, I miss you. Especially when I see my newborn cousin who still doesn't have a name. He reminds me that you always said you felt old. I want to tell him that I feel I am old, too.
35mm. As if Ozu made a soap opera. I must admit I think Hou is in a league above Yang, and Yang's films just get a litle too...adult for me sometimes. However, what makes this stand out is what make all the best Asian cinema stand out: Quiet, contemplative, family oriented cinema. And seeing a relatively new film shot and projected on film is a delight.
"But, Grandma, I know so little. Do you know what I want to do when I grow up? I want to tell people things they don't know. Show them stuff they haven't seen. It'll be so much fun. Perhaps one day... I'll find out where you've gone. If I do, can I tell everyone, and bring them to visit you?" At some stages, we just can’t see what others have seen. And we might not understand but we will in time.
Una película formalmente sencilla y serena, pero ambiciosa y compleja en su afán de mostrar el desasosiego emocional y las inquietudes existenciales propias de la condición humana, apelando por igual al drama y el humor. Una obra verdaderamente notable llena de sabiduría y humanismo.
Yi Yi is about life, people at different stages. Childhood’s playfulness, Teenage first loves, Adulthood’s complexity and the fragility of life at the end of it all. A film that started with a wedding and ended with a funeral, with the youngest talking to the eldest. Isn’t that life? At some stages we just can’t see what others have seen. And we might not understand but we will in time.