Over the last 15 years, I've gone from thinking that this movie is dull and overrated, to admiring it for its form, to appreciating its humor, to feeling every once of its heartbreak.
Life is a fucking journey like that, and Edward Yang knew.
Part of Ozu's genius is that he could populate his films with wholesome people simply sitting around having polite conversation and have their interactions filled with as much conflict and turmoil as what's in a von Trier or Haneke film. You just want them to get their happy endings that much.
I first saw this film almost 20 years ago and it really hasn't lost much of its emotional impact.
First thing first, though: I don't think I'll ever fully accept the bifurcated nature of the narrative, and though I probably enjoy the first part more and more with each viewing, the pure joy of the second story line is so infectious, the opening section feels so unnecessary and is essentially forgotten by the time I finish.
Though just about every…
Lanthimos is one of very few European directors to come to America and maintain the quality of his previous work, even if we'll likely never see anything as transgressive as Dogtooth or Alps from him again. The Favourite is a very funny, absurdly dark period piece. For fans of fish-eyed lenses and bodices.