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Tsai Ming-liang's sophomore feature, VIVE L'AMOUR, follows three lonely souls sharing a Taipei apartment. Beautiful realtor May Lin (Yang Kuei-mei) brings her lover Ah-jung (Chen Chao-jung) to the vacant unit, unaware that it is secretly occupied by suicidal funeral salesman Hsiao-kang (Lee Kang-sheng). They each cross paths in a series of precisely staged, tragicomic erotic encounters but, despite their physical proximity, find themselves no closer to a personal connection.
Featuring an intoxicating mix of Antonioni-esque longing and surprising deadpan humor, VIVE L'AMOUR catapulted Tsai to the top of the international filmmaking world and earned him the prestigious Golden Lion at the 1994 Venice International Film Festival.
“Striking and beautiful… remains one of the key modernist works of the Taiwanese New Wave.” –Chicago Reader
DIRECTED BY MING-LIANG TSAI
TAIWAN | 1994 | MANDARIN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES