Ni na bian ji dian (What Time Is It Over There?)
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Ni na bian ji dian (What Time Is It Over There?)
Master Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang directs this look at three people looking for human connection. Hsiao-kang (Tsai regular Lee Kang-sheng) is a young man who sells watches from a briefcase in front of Taipei's train station. When his father (Mio Tien) suddenly dies at the beginning of the film, it sends Hsiao-kang and his mother, Lu, on two radically different trajectories. His grieving mother becomes obsessed with the return of her dead husband's spirit. Hsiao-kang starts to urinate into plastic bags and bottles rather than risk bumping into his father's ghost in the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While its careful pace and seemingly opaque story may not satisfy every moviegoer's appetite, the film's final scene is soaringly, transparently moving."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Alternates between deadpan comedy and heartbreaking loneliness and isn't afraid to provoke introspection in both its characters and its audience."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"The film's understated humor and relatable character's steer us towards feelings of compassion and understanding, rather than pity."
‑ Derek Smith, Cinematic Reflections
"Tsai may be ploughing the same furrow once too often."
‑ Tony Rayns, Sight and Sound
"Has moments of quiet power and others of almost slapstick charm, and it's so elegantly fashioned that it's difficult to take one's eyes from the screen."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Tsai's confidence in the deep power of silence drives home the film's inner convictions. Its surface works coolly, intriguingly and, happily, feebly in opposition to the heart of the matter."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Mr. Tsai is a very original artist in his medium, and What Time Is It There? should be seen at the very least for its spasms of absurdist humor."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Wise and deadpan humorous."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"If you've the patience, there are great rewards here."
‑ Jamie Russell,
"His best film remains his shortest, The Hole, which makes many of the points that this film does but feels less repetitive."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"At times, Tsai's approach makes viewing this film like watching paint dry, but what a sublime design it makes."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"What Time Is It There? is not easy. It haunts you, you can't forget it, you admire its conception and are able to resolve some of the confusions you had while watching it."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A funny and moving meditation on yearning, mourning and the vagaries of time."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"The careful compositions in the Taiwanese What Time Is It There? give us plenty of time to search for meaning and to wonder what the movie is trying to say."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Tsai convincingly paints a specifically urban sense of disassociation here."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
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