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Tsai Ming - Liang
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The Hole
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dir. Tsai Ming-Liang / Tajwan, France 1998 / 95’
subtitles: Polish and English
retrospective: Tsai Ming-Liang

Cast

Lee Kang-sheng, Lin Kun-huei, Miao-Tien

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Tsai has often said that probably all flats he has ever lived in were often watered - this is why he returns to the motif so often. In The Hole the persistent rain and omnipresent water are almost apocalyptic. This eschatological atmosphere is symbolised by the turn of the millennium and by the mysterious virus which affects Taiwan. In neighbouring flats of a shabby, concrete building in the very centre of the epidemics, there live a man and a woman. They are separated by the floor/ceiling and then connected by a hole in it. Hsiao-kang becomes a silent participant of the girl's lonely existence and her loneliness blends with the water that drips everywhere. This sadness gives rise to a feeling of closeness - this time, Tsai offers a chance to his characters and some hope to his audience.

Somehow, Tsai's typical melancholy is overcome here. The dark realism changes into something completely different; in the sullen scenery of decay, outside of the plot narrative, the director sets colourful musical shows. Songs by Grace Chang who was famous in the 1950s are not only a commentary to the characters' relations, but also a particular homage paid to the Chinese singer.

Karolina Kosińska

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