Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang | 1998 | 98 minutes | Not Rated | Taiwan and France | Mandarin with English Subtitles
Winner of the 1998 Cannes FIPRESCI Prize (Intl. Critics’ price), The Hole is set in Taipei just prior to the start of the 21st century.
The vaguely futuristic (at the time) story follows two residents of a quickly crumbling building who refuse to leave their homes in spite of a virus that has forced the evacuation of the area. As rain pours down relentlessly, a single man is stuck with an unfinished plumbing job and a hole in his floor. This results in a very odd relationship with the woman who lives below him.
Combining deadpan humor with an austere view of loneliness and several unexpected musical numbers, Tsai Ming-Liang crafted one of the most original films of the 1990s.
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“Tsai’s most distilled, droll, deftly realized allegory…One of the 10 Best Films of 1999.” – J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
“The most memorable fusion of song, dance and weather since “Singin’ in the Rain.”” – Dennis Lim, The Village Voice
“A broodingly apocalyptic and thoroughly original view.” – Marjorie Baumgarten, The Austin Chronicle