The River

1997, Movie, NR, 115 mins

The River
It's fitting that cinema's most eloquent poet of loneliness should also be its most reticent. Few words are spoken in the films of Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang, yet they speak volumes about alienation, isolation and the desperate, rarely successful search for intimacy in contemporary Taipei. This 1997 film — the closest Tsai has come so far to a masterpiece — could be considered the third part of a quartet that includes REBELS OF THE NEON GOD (1992), VIVE L'AMOUR (1994) and THE HOLE (1998); each stars Lee Kang-sheng as a young man named Xiao-kang, and all feature lonely people linked — and divided — by their sterile living spaces. Also typic...
Released: 1997 Rated: NR Length: 115 mins

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