Our monthly Movie Night: Edward Yang’s masterpiece: Yi Yi (a one and a two)
"I wanted to make a movie about life, simply life. I wanted to show life in all its depth and width." Edward Yang
In this undisputed masterwork of the new century, Edward Yang (+ 2007) tells us the complex, intimate, and utterly compassionate portrait of a family life in Taïwan.
NJ Jian is a businessman facing bankruptcy, but he has to juggle his financial problems with family strife when his mother-in-law falls into a coma. His wife, Min-Min, brings her mother home, and each family member - including daughter Ting-Ting and her delightful little brother Yang-Yang - spends hours talking to the old lady. These conversations become confessionals and the characters gradually unveil the reasons why they live, their hopes. Or their emptiness and powerlessness. No catastrophic conflicts, only the ordinary, sometimes troubled, unfolding of lives. Yi Yi is almost three hours long, but it flies by...
"I would like people to get out of the theater with the feeling they just met a friend." Edward Yang