and it was then that I remembered Yi Yi (2000, dir. Edward Yang) all over again.
The weekend before Thanksgiving, I was bored, and, while surfing the net, noticed this film in the Criterion Collection. I strolled down to the school library to rent it. Its place among the esteemed collection, along with its Taiwanese setting, interested me.
About an hour in, I discovered many more reasons beyond a setting to feel a deep connection to this film. Using three ubiquitous life events- a wedding, a birth, and a funeral- Yi Yi surveys the web of relationships in an ordinary middle-class Taiwanese family. In doing so, the film tenderly captures the small, ordinary moments and feelings that make up human life and its pathos. Like a candle, its effect is long, slow, and deeply reflective. I have never seen a film that made me empathize so strongly with its characters. I won’t see a movie like this one for a very long time.