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Millennium Mambo(千禧曼波)

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Taiwan, France · 2001
Rated R · 1h 59m
Director Hou Hsiao-hsien
Starring Shu Qi, Jack Kao, Duan Chun-hao, Doze Niu Cheng-Tse
Genre Drama

Vicky describes her youth and story of her changing life at the beginning of the new millennium. She is torn between two men, Hao-Hao and Jack, and her journeys display the parallel journey of the psyche and how one girl deals with her fleeting youth.

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Variety by Derek Elley

A slow, empty, over-mannered snoozer that shows Taiwanese helmer Hou Hsiao-hsien asleep at the wheel.


Village Voice by J. Hoberman

In a sense, Millennium Mambo is a mildly prurient portrait of Shu moving, drinking, smoking, and changing clothes -- it's analogous to one of Andy Warhol's Edie Sedgwick films, but without the existential drama. Who really cares what costume this poor girl will wear to all tomorrow's parties?


L.A. Weekly by John Powers

Jean-Luc Godard famously declared that all it takes to make a movie is a girl and a gun. Both turn up in Millennium Mambo, a ravishing bauble about la dolce vita in Taiwan, but frankly, the gun's an afterthought. This is a movie about the girl.


Film Threat by Phil Hall

This extraordinary work of cinematic art is among the most sublime, compelling and beautifully crafted films to grace the big screen.


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

Millennium Mambo is a resolutely minor work, so enveloped in ennui that it never gets past the surface of things. But those surfaces are remarkable.

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