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What Time Is It There?(你那邊幾點)

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Taiwan, France

2001

1h 56m

Director Tsai Ming-liang

Starring Lee Kang-Sheng, Chen Shiang-Chyi, Lu Yi-Ching, Miao Tien

Genre Drama, Romance

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When a young street vendor with a grim home life meets a woman on her way to Paris, they forge an instant connection. He changes all the clocks in Taipei to French time.

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90

The New York Times by A.O. Scott

Tsai not only gives the audience a chance to breathe but also lets us luxuriate in the mood of deadpan melancholy his movie evokes so beautifully.
90

Newsweek by David Ansen

This wonderful, one-of-a-kind movie hops from Taiwan to France, from tragedy to deadpan comedy and, in its mysterious conclusion, from the worldly to the otherworldly.
100

Christian Science Monitor by David Sterritt

Tsai's cinematic style is unique: He unfolds his stories in long, static shots that let you discover their surprises and mysteries on your own. And that's great fun. What Time Is It There? is perky, entertaining, and one of a kind.
80

TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

More of the same from Taiwanese auteur Tsai Ming-liang, which is good news to anyone who's fallen under the sweet, melancholy spell of this unique director's previous films.
75

New York Post by Lou Lumenick

Very slowly builds to an emotional payoff in a devastating scene where the three main characters simultaneously seek relief in sex.
90

The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

Tsai's latest, What Time Is It There?, runs his usual themes and obsessions through a whimsical premise worthy of Wong Kar-Wai, striking such an exquisite balance between humor and despair that the moods comfortably coexist, just as they do in real life.

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