My 100 favourite films. Entry #11: Ni na bian ji dian (What Time Is It There?).

Ni na bian ji dian (What Time Is It There?) (2001)
directed by Tsai Ming Liang
starring Kang-sheng Lee, Shiang-chyi Chen and Yi-Ching Lu
country: Taiwan / France
genre: Drama

Visuals: 10
Writing: 6
Everyday watchability: 3
Number of different shots: 102
Average shot length: about 68 seconds
Number of non-static shots: 0

If you missed it just above, this movie is comprised completely of long takes. I think the shortest shot is about 5 seconds long while the longest runs over 2 minutes. And practically every shot is gorgeous. The plot involves a Taiwanese man who becomes obsessed with a woman who buys a dual-time watch off of him. While she vacations in France, he sets all the clocks he can to France time. The movie plays out slowly, but with images this nice, I can't help but be sucked into the story. It's about obsession and desire and the need for fulfillment, and it's both heartbreaking and beautiful.


1 comment(s).:

May 23, 2008 at 1:30 PM Timber Beast said...

Too dark for me. I'd have to bring a flashlight.