"What Time is it There?"
Directed by Tsai Ming-liang
With his distinctively quiet,
deliberately paced style and moments of absurdist humor, Tsai Ming-liang
explores cross-continental loneliness in one of the best-reviewed films of
his career. A street vendor sells a watch to a young woman leaving for
Paris. Profoundly moved by his encounter, he begins to set clocks and
watches to Paris time. Meanwhile, romantic and sexual longing play into the
solitary lives of the vendor, his one-time customer in France, and his
mother at home in Taipei. Truffaut's classic The 400 Blows also
figures into things, with Jean-Pierre Leaud making a memorable appearance.
"...a rare film that actually expands and deepens in the memory when its
time on screen has run out" (Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly).
Mandarin, Taiwanese and French with English subtitles. Taiwan. 116 minutes.