The latest film by visionary director Tsai Ming-liang links together a series of sumptuously composed scenes that tell the story of a broken family living on the margins of Taipei society. As one mysterious scene gives way to the next, we come to know something of their history, a time when they had a home.
Memorable, but perhaps not the best place to start
- Stray Dogs review by AM
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It's difficult to know where to start. So I will start afterwards. After we watch a film, my wife and I will ask each other what we thought, and after Stray Dogs, I didn't really know where to start explaining what I thought. It's very much a film directed by an auteur. This is probably the point I state I have not seen any of Ming-liang Tsai's other films. Each scene is beautifully shot, enigmatically so - and frequently they are long scenes with no dialogue (A man stands in the rain as the traffic lights go through their cycle; you have no idea who he is.) A fortnight later, it is these scenes which linger in the mind - but if you asked me what else I had to say about the film, I wouldn't know where to start. I've seen a review since which suggested this was one of his more difficult films and I wouldn't disagree with that.
I would watch another of his films, but by the same token I haven't gone rifling through his back catalogue add the rest to his list. One a year is probably my limit.