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Vive L'Amour back to product details

Pretend this says something impish
written by DPenn October 27, 2004 - 9:26 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
What's the phrase I'm looking for --a film that rewards patience, or something like that? Certainly not for all tastes, Vive L'Amour is indeed slow-moving, but it wouldn't make sense otherwise.

Nearly all the plot is conveyed through visual cues. The film easily could have been released as a silent, but then we would have missed out on the amazing sound design, which displays a nuanced sense of rhythm and space -- also a strength of Tsai's weaker first feature, Rebels of the Neon God.

Another reviewer notes there's nothing exotic or erotic, but that's not even close to the point. The movie's about alienation and silence, and the ending, as simple as it is, is more heartbreaking than that of any overt tearjerker out there. The performances are pitched nearly perfectly, and, in terms of editing and pacing, the director here has found a relevant middle ground between narrative and 'experimental' devices.

I've begun watching Tsai's movies in chronological order without planning to (luck of the queue), and I'm looking forward to finding out where he went next.

Disappointing and dull
written by Tropicola October 21, 2002 - 12:25 PM PDT
3 out of 10 members found this review helpful
Oh dear... this movie is terribly unrewarding, especially if you're expecting something as good as "The Hole". Even the location shots reveal little insight into this movie, which is comprised of three shallow character studies. Unlike the recent spate of Iranian movies into which category this movie might fall, Vive L'Amour neither poses cinematic questions nor reveals anything about Taiwanese society. The filmmakers opt for the easy sparse atmosphere created by slowness, silence and prolonged inaction rather than construct scenarios from substance. It?s neither erotic nor exotic and quite frankly that doesn't leave much else to like.


(Average 7.36)
42 Votes
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