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What Time Is It There? back to product details

Way Too Late
written by talltale May 9, 2007 - 4:19 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
As a nearly-pure example of the chasm that exists between critics and mainstream moviegoers, look no farther than this film from Taiwan. Several critics chose it among their "best of the year." Ostensibly about the difficulties of connecting with other people (at least, I think that's the point), it treats the viewer to extraordinarily prolonged shots of scenes like these: traffic reflected in the windows of a high-rise; a woman, viewed from the rear, vomiting into a toilet; a young man, also seen from the rear, urinating into (I think) a bottle. This latter scene went on so long that I actually thought the DVD was defective and had come to a standstill. But, no.

I don't choose these examples (vomit, urination) to be prudish. It's just that the camera lingers and lingers and LINGERS until there is no more knowledge or understanding to be gained from continued viewing. Yes, the photography's good and the color palette here is gorgeous. There is very little dialog (of course, this is an enormous help with the "non-connections" being made) and most of the characters appear to be in dire need of psychiatric help yet completely unaware of this need. It can be fascinating--if boring--to learn what certain critics call "art," and while I think of myself as having eclectic taste (and have enjoyed at least one other movie by Tsai: Vive l'Amour), WHAT TIME IS IT THERE? tried my patience as have few other films.

poetic even in fast fwd...
written by cruzer October 6, 2004 - 3:44 AM PDT
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
This film is not for the faint at heart.
With word density of less then 1 sentence per 10 minutes,
and looong static shots of depressed individuals stumping about...
I caved in after a while and watched the remainder on
fast forward. It was still poetic, and I made it to
the (fun!) ending.


(Average 7.41)
112 Votes
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