Strange movies about strange people …

A wristwatch seller, after accidentally meeting a girl on her way to France, is obsessed with the idea of ​​fixing every watch in Taiwan at Paris time. His mother, who has lost her husband, is obsessed with the idea that her husband’s soul was reincarnated into a fish after death and is trying to connect with her. A girl who is going to Paris experiences loneliness and tries in vain to make contact with strangers. Her life in France and the young watch seller’s life in Taiwan are connected by some invisible threads. The Taiwanese director only mentions the existence of this connection with symbols.

A very strange movie where the symbols have no end. A film where a lot of things are shown and nothing in particular. The movie about time and its conditionality, longing, loneliness, religious rituals and reincarnation, human melancholy. Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.

What Time Is It There? (Ni na bian ji dian)
Director: Ming-liang Tsai
2001. (Taiwan, France)

What Time Is It There? (2001) on IMDb

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